I posted a bit ago about the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s mission to educate us all about global warming. He’s been effective, at the very least within my own modest consciousness, for this past Sunday I rallied my family around the TV to watch “Global Warming: What You Need to Know With Tom Brokaw,” which was airing on the Discovery Channel.
It was excruciating to sit through most of the case-making. With every commercial, we’d turn to each other and say, “so when are they gonna talk about what we do about it?”
Yesterday’s TV event for us, was witnessing the tsunami destruction in Indonesia, and it naturally turned our commercial time discussion back to global warming, for notable parts of the Discovery Channel’s special were devoted to how the rising of the oceans’ temperatures significantly contributed to the ferocity of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 26, 2004, and Hurricane Katrina’s more recent destruction of New Orleans in August of 2005.
Then, about an hour after the news, the power went out, and our house was bathed in darkness. My son was the first one to make a comment, and he said, “Great idea; this is one way to get us to turn stuff off. Maybe the power company should reintroduce rolling blackouts.”
Far different from the moaning and complaining we’d normally have done about it. It was about 7:30pm here, and it was much darker inside the house than outside. We all moved out to the porch which wraps around our house, instantly struck by how much cooler it was, and enjoyed watching the silence of the neighborhood with our neighbors.
Another hour later, and the power still hadn’t come back on. One by one, without really talking about it, we set about preparing for bed, and one by one, we drifted off. The lights woke me up at about 11:30pm when the power came back on, just long enough for me to turn everything off again and go back to bed.
This morning we all felt well rested, and full of energy, and it was from much more than just the extra sleep.