Surviving Mother Nature By John Reed

Surviving Mother Nature
Mother Nature happens. Last weekend’s five inches of rain is only the most recent reminder. Notably, the power stayed on and the school buses ran, a testament to the preparedness of our road and electric crews.
The key words here are “preparedness” and “adaptability”. We’ve learned from previous storms to trim trees back from power lines, to clear drainage ditches, to pre-position equipment.
Mankind has always adapted to climate change. Paleontologists have shown humans moved out of the trees and eventually out of Africa due to long term weather changes. Paleo-Indians took advantage of the Ice Age’s increased dry land to migrate on foot from Asia to the Americas.
The Vikings colonized Greenland during a warm period, then moved on to Newfoundland as winters turned colder. Sure, some individual civilizations fell to drought or flood, but the human race as a whole always adapted and advanced.
Which brings me to California and the current general hysteria over climate change. Our neighbors on the Left Coast have repeatedly blocked rational efforts to manage their forests, leading to predictable — and preventable — devastating wildfires. Year after year, the same scenario plays out. You’d think they’d learn.
On a larger scale, we’re told the world is warming up. World-ending floods, droughts, starvation and more are predicted. The political will to make changes is lacking, but there’s a good argument that no matter what we do it won’t change Mother Nature much.
So should we bury our heads in the sand? Cripple the world’s economies taking steps that ultimately won’t help? No. We do what we’ve always done: adapt, prepare, and persevere.
If the folks here in a small South Georgia community can survive the weather, surely the rest of us can.

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