Effects of climate change extraordinary
My birdbath is popular these days. It’s a 3/4” deep pan seven feet off the ground on a post. After I fill it about 4 in the afternoon, first the Mejiros show up, about one half dozen of them. Nice that they take turns. They flap their wings and the water flies out. Shama Thrushes or Mynas scatter the Mejiros. When they squat and flap their wings, the water really flies out. They beat it when the biggest visitor, the Lace Neck Dove shows up. They don’t bathe, just drink.
It’s no surprise the birdbath is so popular this summer. The 10 o’clock K5 TV news has reported almost every day for two months that Lihue’s temperature met or exceeded the record high for the date. K5’s “Your team for extreme weather,” Jen, Ben and Guy, never comment on how extraordinary this is.
A study showed that of 363 TV reports covering Hurricane Dorian, only nine mentioned climate change as possibly contributing to its intensity.
Competition for media market share drives what news broadcasters choose to air as “news”. The enormity of climate change and what we fear is its impact on our children and grandchildren just won’t do. Upsetting viewers is bad for the bottom line.
In the real world that is not created by a profit driven media, millions worldwide are casting aside denial and demanding action to salvage a liveable planet. A global climate strike will kick off on Kauai at a teach-in on the Kauai Community College campus where the Saturday market happens on Friday, Sept 20, 1 to 3 p.m.
Michael “Kip” Goodwin, Kapaa