Environmental Reaction

I know the clinical term has been called “Global Warming” in the media for a good few years now, but I’m beginning to think the nomenclature isn’t technically correct on its own, despite Al Gore’s assertions in An Inconvenient Truth.

Let’s talk New Jersey for a few minutes.

Exactly one week ago, I installed the air conditioner in the front window of our new house. The reason behind the installation: a humid 86 degree day in early May. A slightly unusual occurrence, but not entirely implausible. Now, one week later, I’ve found myself ignoring the air conditioner controls, keeping my hooded sweatshirt on in the house and cranking the thermostat in a clockwise direction. The reason behind these actions: a windy and cold 46 degree night one week after the warmth of last Sunday. That’s a 40-degree change in temperature in just seven days, and I’m failing to mention the accompanying conditions of the past weekend: 40 mph winds and some of the fastest moving clouds I’ve seen in my life. The drop in temperature and the wind are a little more unusual and unexpected than the warmer, humid day.

Before I go any further, I’m going to take this space to apologize for continually attempting to become a de facto meteorologist, but I don’t think things are necessarily right in the world anymore. And that brings me back to the term “Global Warming.” I believe the Earth is warming, and I believe that’s been well documented in science over the past decade. What I don’t automatically believe is a static rise in global temperatures throughout the world without any attempt from the environment to balance the incongruity.

Especially New Jersey. Much like a made man from The Sopranos, New Jersey’s ecosystem seems to be retaliating against the Earth’s tendency to want to become warmer, in the form of colder winters, stronger daily winds, and as evidenced by today, unseasonably cold days in the middle of May. Now here’s where it becomes relative. I’ve lived here off and on for most of my life, and the past 5-10 years, the weather has changed. I don’t necessarily think it’s become warmer, but it has become more violent, colder and in a sense, reactionary.

Which is why I think the term “Global Warming” should be accompanied by the term “Environmental Reaction.” As humans, we’ve done a great job of attempting to change the environment we’re a part of, and I honestly think the Earth is starting to react in ways we didn’t see coming. I could probably connect this back to the idea of conquest or the human desire to want to control if I really wanted to, but instead I’ll end it, go put my jacket on, fight the wind and go take the garbage out.