Earth Day 2016 – farewell to evergreens

white-spruce-apThe tall White Spruces that add beauty to Village Point Urban Townhomes in Chaska, MN require annual treatment for spider mites. Without early spring treatment the spider mites eventually will kill all the evergreens: the arborvitaes, junipers, and pine trees.

Last week the arborist who treats the association’s evergreens told us what we didn’t want to hear. Because of rising temperature, the Greater Twin Cities Area of Minnesota will no longer be suitable habitation for the evergreens. In five years they will be dead or on their way to becoming a memory of a cooler climate in Minnesota.

It’s one thing to believe that climate change is real. It’s another to learn of a real consequence that drives it home. You have to work really hard at denial!

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, Earth Day, April 22, 2016

 

7 thoughts on “Earth Day 2016 – farewell to evergreens

  1. Just a little after your original post — a little over a year — sadly, the evergreens are in trouble here too.

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    • The denial is quite amazing, isn’t it? Several theological premises seem to underlie right-wing evangelical inability to recognize and act on the science of climate change. 1) God has a plan; 2) everything’s already in the cards, i.e. the script’s already written; 3) Earth and nature are nothing but the stage for the real plot — salvation and damnation determined by profession of, or failure to profess, faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; 4) heavenly reward (i.e., life after death), not this life, is the goal.

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