Complaints about “weird weather” are mounting. By tradition and character Brits don’t complain about the weather although they talk about it all the time. The new “normal“ has stressed this national characteristic, and understandably so: the United Kingdom has suffered droughts in the last several years to be succeeded more recently by intense rainfall causing severe flooding in many parts of the country.
The very heavy rains of 2013 have resulted in high water levels on the rivers, ponds and lakes of the UK. The levels are still a concern as the heavy snowfalls that hit the UK this week would trigger a disaster if the weather reverts to the traditional mild winter, as is expected for this weekend. There would be a quick melt of the snow followed by a severe run off that would add to the flooding.
So what is the recommendation of the UK Environment Agency? How are Brits going to adapt to this new dimension of climate change? Simple: all able bodied children are encouraged (not that they may need encouragement) to build an army of snowmen. Not just any old snowmen, but large monsters made of heavily compacted snow.
The advantage: a snowman of this sort will not melt just because the temperature goes up as anticipated. So all that snow will remain in a compacted form, the initial melt will be much reduced and the run-off will be strung out. (Canadians are used to seeing green lawns on which stand the recognizable remains of a snow man.)
Now this is a form of adaptation that Grandparents can get behind. Every Grandparent in the UK should be out there with the grandchildren, doing what can be done to adapt to climate change! 4RG (For Our Grandchildren) supporters in snowy countries the world round are invited to build their own monster snowman and send us a picture of their creation as an email attachment addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org addressed “Frosty the Snowman – Climate Change fighter”. We will be glad to put this show of support on our site.