Header photo by Cameron Strandberg from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
I like my potatoes crispy whether they are french fries, hash browns or chips.
But when they’re in the ground in places like California and Colorado, I’d like them to get a little water. That could become harder in the years ahead, especially since NASA researchers now say a “megadrought” may be ahead in the western and central plains states.
This is all connected to climate change and our unfortunate habits of consumption, which we (including me) can’t seem to shake.
Somehow it has me thinking about the poem Katherine Lee Bates wrote in the summer of 1893 after drawing inspiration from the view atop Pikes Peak in Colorado – one of the areas destined to suffer under the coming Great Dehumidification.
We know her words today as the lyrics to “America the Beautiful,” though by 2050 it might make more sense to change it up a bit.
O beautiful for cloudless skies,
for parched and scorching sands,
for burning mountain tragedies
for cracked and blistering hands!
There’s no place dry as thee!
We’ve earned a good Sahara-hood
From L.A. to D.C.
The land at first was green and lush
Indians, thanks a lot!
But after shove had come to push
It started getting hot.
We filled the air with gas.
And made the rate exacerbate.
O Mega-drought! The experts say
if we eschew our cars,
we might, calamity delay.
But that’s not who we are!
We’d rather face the thirst,
than pay the toll through self-control
so prepare for the worst!
What’s your favorite anthem?