To anyone who doesn’t believe the current climate is unusual, I think you should think about it and reconsider. It’s halfway through the first month of summer, and the current temperature near my home in the Mallala district is about 20 degrees celsius, at just after 11am. We had 19mm of rain overnight, and rain is forecast for several days to come.

There have been flooding rains recently in various states of Australia, sometimes bigger floods than ever before. Overseas there have been recent devastating floods, with many hundreds of people missing or drowned. All of this has occurred in one year, 2011.

There have been good things happening too though, thanks to the weather. The crops in the Mallala district have done well, with rain happening as and when needed. This has been great, following on from periods of little rain in the previous years. Nature changes, and we all have to learn to change with it.

Following the changes, and understanding what is happening is vital. Climate change it here, it’s happening faster than ever before, and we must accept that and take action to help stop it or at least slow it down. Climate change deniers may become the most hated people in future years, when flooding kills thousands of people and causes many more thousands of people lose their homes due to rising sea levels.

I’m no scientist, but I’m a thinking person who reads of these things and worries nothing will be done soon enough to save lives. It’s time we all became advocates for our planet. Nature is doing its best, but we must step up and help!

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