The Scent of Change #Globalwarming #Inspiration @jacqbiggar


It’s raining!

I don’t know about you, but those of us in the northwestern part of Canada are celebrating. Every year it gets hotter and drier and the earth is aging seemingly before our eyes.

It was always a dream for DH and I to move to Vancouver Island. We came here on our honeymoon and every year after that we could afford the trip. I craved the beautiful cedars, rhododendrons, ivy, and ferns. The lush greenness of the rainforest, the scent of the ocean on the air, the slap of the waves upon the shore… I could go on and on, lol.

Thirty years later we made the move and it was just as amazing as we remembered!


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I’ve made new friends, explored this magical place I’m blessed to call home, and learned to feel the pulse of the land.

And it worries me.

The birds and wildlife that count on the weather to keep the forest green and the food plentiful, are suffering.

Global warming is not simply a term-it is a view of our future. Unless we do something to change it. Not soon.


We’ve just come through the worst fire season in our province’s history. I shudder to think how many animals perished along with our forests, crops, homes–lives.

The hurricanes in the southern United States destroyed countless businesses, displaced thousands of people, cost billions of dollars.

And that’s only the tip of a quickly thawing iceberg.

I know this seems all doom and gloom, but it doesn’t have to be. I think we’re being warned, shape up, or face the consequences.

The tide is turning. Many areas now are banning plastic bags, urging economical use of gas and electricity, and promoting more green spaces in cities. This is all good, but we need to do more.

Being part of the baby boomer generation, I think much of the blame lies with us. We grew up in a time of exploration (the first trip to the moon), innovation (personal computers and cell phones), and excess. Lots of excess! Plastic water bottles, disposable baby diapers, takeout foods. You name it, we’ve done it.

I’m amazed by our growth and embarrassed with our neglect.

And I thank God every day that the new generation has learned from our mistakes. My grandson knows all about recycling, composting, energy efficient bulbs, healthy eating, exercise, growing your own sustainable produce.

And he’s ten.

This tells me that we still have a chance.

I’m writing this, drinking herbal tea and listening to the rain as it dances on my roof, and I’m grateful because Mother Nature is forgiving if we just make an effort.


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12 Comments Add yours

  1. vicki says:

    Vancouver is an amazingly beautiful place.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It is! I’m actually on the island, it’s more laid back than big city life which suits me just fine 🙂


  2. Kathryn Jane says:

    Reblogged this on Mystery and Romance and commented:

    This is an awesome post and well worth taking a minute to read!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for the share, Kat!


  3. Kathryn Jane says:

    LIke you, I am privileged to live in the beautiful green lower mainland of British Columbia, and yes, very aware of the changes. I had to share this most excellent post. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s so very beautiful here, we need to preserve what we have. I feel this more keenly now that my grandson is growing up. I want him to have a world to live on! Preferably, this one, lol


  4. An insightful post! Thanks for sharing, Jacquie 🙂

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    1. It’s on my mind more and more with the increase in natural disasters. Mother Nature is giving us a warning, we need to take heed.


    1. Thanks for the share, Jeannie!


  5. Awesome post, Jacquie. I too have felt like the earth is warning us. “Shape up or I will destroy all you hold dear.” I’m sure those who’ve suffered through the recent fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes feel that has already happened. I pray we each will individually take steps to save our planet. I’m thankful for the governments that are willing to take a stand for the planet. Embarrassed my own government is in such disarray. Thanks for this important post. I’ve shared.

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    1. Thanks, Marsha. I take heart in the fact that we as a planet have overcome many catastrophes and survived. Maybe there’s hope for us yet 🙂


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