It is related to this video, which tracks the Earth's surface temperatures for the last 62 years.
It seems kind of silly for us to keep pretending like nothing has changed, or that all this extreme weather is just a temporary thing. It also seems silly to ignore the correlation between the rising use of fossil fuels and the overall warming of the Earth. I realize that Fox News would have us believe that climate change is unrelated to our behavior...
I'm not even going to bother to comment on that (except perhaps to say that it seems the tiniest bit self-serving).
Also related to fossil fuel use, here is another interesting link, which tracks the correlation between the increase in driving and the expanding waistlines of most Americans.
Admittedly, both of these effects could just be coincidental, but if I'm going to be honest, I don't really believe in my heart of hearts that they are.
Speaking for myself, I tend to do a lot of unnecessary driving around town when I could just as easily use my bike. In fact, I found out how easy it is to get around by bicycle when I was doing the Bike Garden Challenge to raise money for the South Plains Food Bank. Once the challenge was over, though, I got lazy and I started driving again. Everywhere. All the time.
Heck, I drive to my bathroom, and it is attached to my bedroom. Even worse, I drive to the kitchen. And the refrigerator.
I think it is time to get un-lazy. I know, I know. It won't affect the climate change. I can recognize "too little, too late" when I see it. But knowing that is not an excuse.
*As a side note, not too long ago one of the boys next door came over to ask me how he could get a permit to park on the street (we have restricted street parking--otherwise, there would be so many students parking here on weekdays that we wouldn't be able to get out of our own driveways). I gave him the short answer (which was that he couldn't), to which he replied, rather plaintively, that none of the three boys living there could fit their trucks in the garage. I didn't find that surprising, since that particular garage was built before personal vehicles became steroidal. It isn't just that we are driving more; we are driving bigger.