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As I alluded to in a previous post, climate change feels like a non-issue in Iceland at the moment. So much time and space is given over to the effects of our recent economic implosion and the myriad difficulties resulting from it, that climate change on a broader scale gets hardly any press. Besides, Icelanders, on the whole, are remarkably ignorant when it comes to environmental matters – in everything from limiting car exhaust [hey, how about turning off your engine when you’re sitting idle in your car!] to recycling [tip: newspapers, old electrical devices and shoes do NOT belong in the household trash] to use of styrofoam [dear Mr. Hothouse Farmer: bell peppers taste just as good when not packaged on a styrofoam tray. Honest].
In light of this, it was particularly heartening to read that the United Nations Association of Iceland, made up of people 25 years old and younger, this week submitted a formal challenge to the Icelandic government concerning climate change. It was in the form of a list that they would like the Icelandic delegation to bring to the table at the Copenhagen summit next month. I think it’s an excellent summary, and very encouraging to see young people in this country formulating a clear vision on climate change issues and – not least – taking the initiative to do something about it.
WE HAZ SNOW!
Yes, it started snowing this morning [as you can see on Alexander’s photo in the forums – make sure you check out his visual weather reports] and now the ground is sprinkled with white. It was also pretty darn cold, sub-zero temps for most of the day [although only about -1°C, which I’m sure many of you consider positively balmy compared to where you live] and with the ubiquitous wind, which boosted the chill factor substantially. Still! We had snow! The first snow of the season [for me anyway – apparently there was snow while I was sweltering over in Italy in October] is always such a delight. And this weekend is the first weekend in the Advent, which makes the white stuff particularly fitting. Right now we have +1°C which translates to 34F, and sunrise this morning was at 10.32, sunset at 3.56 [yikes!].
[PS – I know I’m a bit late on this, but Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers!]