Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Climate Clock is...Ticking?

2017 Tick Night

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation.  Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and its mate;  and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive on the face of all the earth. 4For in seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”
Genesis 7:1-4

I receive Twitter and email info about upcoming events from Quinte Conservation. The seminars cover a range of subjects and I have a sense that they are doing their job well. I can't bring myself to attend next week's Tick Smart event, just the same, even though I know that ticks are a real and present danger. When we lived in Nova Scotia both of us ended up with ticks on our bodies and we weren't thrilled, to say the least. We weren't aware of illnesses such as Lyme Disease at the time, and that was probably a good thing.

When we talk about the effects of Climate Change we tend to think of catastrophic weather events and melting glaciers. Yet migrating, disease-bearing insects such as ticks are a threat as well. Those of us who are Canuck baby boomers hadn't heard much about ticks until twenty years ago. Now we are warned, justifiably, that they are everywhere. A group of hikers in Manitoba this past weekend figured they removed at least 400 of them during and after a hike. That is unimaginably gross.

Were there ticks on Noah's Ark? I don't see any mention of insects. Okay the story of the ark in Genesis is likely a myth rather than factual, yet life on God's Earth is about the intricate balance amongst the passengers on this planetary vessel. It's good to learn about being "tick smart," and even better to learn how to "live with respect in Creation."

Has anyone developed a nervous tic(k) reading this? What are your thoughts about a planet that is out of kilter?

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1 comment:

roger said...

As someone who will be living in the heart of tick country, I will do everything I can to attract predators of these humourless things. Ticks seem to be more and more prevalent, and I don't want to be one of the 30,000 each year who get Lyme Disease. I'm normally a live and let live kinda guy....but not for these things.