Michael S. Gallegos
Amber Jaramillo and friends
What’s the word?
The weather around here has been a little out of the ordinary, so
this month’s question is, “Do you think the weather
is being affected by global warming, or is it just a load of you
know what?” Here’s the word.
• Michael S. Gallegos, who was selling etched and stained
glassware in front of the Placitas Mercantile, said: “Undoubtedly,
the weather is being affected by global warming. I think we need
to have responsibility in our quest for industrial progress. We’re
not paying attention to the natural order of things, which is slow.
What we are seeing now is a case of too rapid a rate of change for
what naturally changes slowly. But then again, what’s natural?
Mostly slow with some points of speed. But for us, it falls back
on [the fact] that we have changed it all too quick, we’ve
enjoyed a slow evolution; now we’re speeding it up. There
is just no way for nature to take care of all the garbage and pollution
• Amber Jaramillo, who was giving away free Weimaraner-cross
puppies at the Placitas Mini-Mart, had this to say: “I don’t
think the weather has anything to do with global warming. It just
means, with luck, we will get a green summer.”
• Jim Bryden at the Placitas library had this to say: “I
have no scientific evidence to support that global warming has anything
to do with weather. If you suppose that weather is affected by temperature,
then partially, I suppose. If you asked, ‘Is there any way
to slow global warming down?’ I’d say, ‘If weather
is affected by temperature, and global warming is affected by mankind,
then mankind can perhaps slow down climate change; but it will take
hundreds of years, according to scientific theories, to reverse
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?it’s the normal cycle for the earth to heat up and cool down.
We wouldn’t know because we weren’t there last time,
so we can’t compare. We can’t say how drastic it will
be, because we won’t be there to witness it next time.”
• Martha Watkins had this to say: “Yes, I think the
weather is being affected. People using all the harmful chemicals
and things are ruining the environment; it’s scary, you know.
I try to use spray instead of aerosol, and I clean with vinegar
and baking soda. I am doing my best to help keep the world clean
for my grandkids, and I’m getting there.”
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