“Oh, look at dat, it snow again. It too much. Make it stop.”
Those are the words Darlusz the frog who lives here used to wake me up from a sound sleep early this morning at my house in St. Albans, Vermont.
“Why you no tell me winter here like dat back when I move here. I no like living in glacier,” Darlusz said. “This snieg, it make me sad,” he said, using the Polish word for snow.
“Well, winters aren’t usually this snowy. And you usually start to get thaws in March. This is a weird one,” I said.
“But why dis? Why so much now?. I do someting and get punish?,” Darlusz asked.
“No, this isn’t your fault,” I said, tapping him lightly on the head. “Believe it or not, some people blame this on global warming,” I said.
“Ach, no. But it cold, not warm. It crazy, you say warm cause all dis snieg,” Darlusz said.
“First of all, it’s not proven. This snow could be a fluke,” I replied “But I’ve read that a warmer world means there’s more moisture in the air. If there’s more moisture in the air, we can get bigger storms and much more rain. Or snow if it’s cold enough. Remember, global warming doesn’t exactly cancel out winter,” I said, now on a roll.
“Ah, dat science it confusing. I get, what you say, frustrated tinking about it,” Darlusz said.
“Yeah, a lot of people do,” I admitted. “Some are frustrated to the point of anger. Some people don’t want to believe global warming exists. It does, almost all the scientists agree. And they all agree that the weather will keep getting weirder as a result. It’s the picky details like whether all this snow has anything to do with it that is shaky,” I said.
“I see on TV dat people, day yell and day scream dat global warming do not exist. So why you say everybody say it does,” Darlusz asked.
“The people with the loudest voices aren’t necessarily the ones that are right,” I said. But almost all scientists agree global warming is real. You’re right, Darlusz, people who don’t think global warming exists get very angry when you bring it up. When I wrote about this very subject in my weather blog for the Burlington Free Press, I got so many angry comments about it. They said I’ve been duped into believing global warming exists,”
“So why you even say anything if you get yelled at, Darlusz asked
“Because I don’t think people who yell should scare us,” I said.
“Why doz people so mad anyway,” Darlusz asked.
Gawd, that frog’s questions never end.
“A lot of reasons,” I said. They don’t trust the government, or authority, and think global warming gets them fraudulent research funds, or it will lead to laws that will take some of their rights away. I see their point. Nobody should blindly trust the government, or every scientist. But in the case of global warming, I do think the verdict is in. It’s happening. Just how exactly how it will play out is anybody’s guess.”
“And dat why people mad, day don’t like not know what come next,? Darlusz asked
“Exactly. That’s at least part of it. And they don’t know who to trust, they worry that people will make them change their lifestyle to prevent further warming, or there will be more government control, or they just think that since governments have sold them on a bill of goods in the past, it will happen again.
“So the instinct of the people who deny global warming are good, but they are just sticking their heads in the sand rather than influencing how our response to climate changes should be. That’s the end of my lecture today, Darlusz.”
“We go shovel now,” Darlusz said. “Da snowbanks, day so big. Where we put da new snow dat fell,”? he asked.
“Darlusz, that’s the toughest question you asked all morning,” I replied.