13 May 2015

A change is gonna come

Spring is here, and she’s in a mood. Sometimes it is almost fall like, going from cuddly and mild to stormy and wild. Ever since I spotted the big, beautiful magnolia a few years back, I have been looking out for the waxy magic to re-appear. It skipped a year, but this time around, it came out. But before the buds were even halfway out, they were torn off by crazy winds. I’m telling you: the climate has changed.

Magnolia


Magnolia

Balding before their time. When I returned to catch them in full bloom, they were all gone. Not even visible on the floor, like that magic time. Poor, patient magnolia, it finally gets there, and is blown to pieces.

On the bright side of things, winter was mild, and street trees are so happy to be salt free. What a difference it makes, from crippled and bald to perky and leafy. They really don't ask much, trees.

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The bunker trees, rescued by citizens. Hard to imagine they would all have been gone, were it not for the public outcry. This is the kind of urban planning your tree hugging friend is up against. And it goes on and on. More on that later.

In other news, the government has allowed French frackers Total to drill for shale gas in Denmark. Wisely prohibited in France. At the moment they are only test drilling, but if they find gas, the contract allows them to collect it for the next thirty years. They are also planning to drill very close to Copenhagen, gambling with our water supply.

Total, frack off!

Total, frack off!

Since the embarrassingly small demonstration against fracking last fall, the resistance has grown. Still, it may be too late, with the contract already signed. I'll let you know if fire starts shooting out of my faucets. Ugh.

Ever so slightly people seem to be waking up, realising that everything cannot be left up to the politicians. We need to stay informed, and decide for ourselves which direction we want to go, as a people and as a country. The climate has not weighed in yet, in the upcoming election (date yet to be announced), they are still kicking the weakest, promising to tighten the screw. Only this is not what we need to hear. We need visionary leadership with heart and backbone. People have begun asking for a constructive dialogue, demanding that the politicians refrain from throwing mud, and instead explain how they plan to move things forward. This is all happening from the bottom up, making me me so hopeful, that the citizens will pave the way. Reviving the concept of democracy. Change is in the air.

Rainbow

I'll grant her that, spring: she has her moments.  

 

6 comments:

  1. I would still vote for you ;)

    Loving your pics... especially the rainbow. That one is perfect! Happy Spring to you xox

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    1. It went away so fast (it's a double hitter, did you notice?). Rainbows are my favorite thing. : )

      Happy spring to you too, Celena.

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  2. I love magnolias (here in Lund every garden has one) but the picture with the rainbow is perfect to describe spring in scandinavia ;)

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    1. I only discovered the magnolias in recent years, they must have drowned in cherry trees. Now I look for them every spring. : )

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  3. Hi Sandra, I can't help feeling sorry for total fracking in other countries :((( (not that I want it in France, or any part of the world). Energy is such a big problem. I recommend two beautiful movies : Josh Fox's Gasland, and Gus Van Sant's Promise land.
    Spring is a bit chilly here, but still better than winter. Take care!
    xoxo

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    1. We have very effective windmills here (perfect climate for that), and there are so many other and better options. They just spot a profit, that's all. Denmark has been a frontrunner in the windmill industry (now Goldman Sachs bought our energy company, and started selling out, of course), making this path even more incomprehensible.

      I will check out your recommendations. : )

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