Last night, temperatures plunged in Dallas – the coldest night for May 2 in decades.
Up until recently, the weather has been a safe conversational subject – Henry Higgins thought so anyway. (Act 3, Pygmalion, a.k.a. My Fair Lady) But now, it seems a hotter subject than religion or politics; we may have a new triumvirate of topics that divide us. Discussing the weather can quickly generate more heat than a summer’s afternoon in Texas. But, it’s chilly now, that’s sure – thanks to something that blew through.
Yes – the fake fireplace is crackling!
Since science was never my strong suit, my opinion on weather is only that – my opinion. I don’t believe while we can destroy the planet – but we sure can make messes in our corner of creation that are without excuse – making life harder for other people, critters and plants. We were supposed to care for creation – but trying to be like God hasn’t been working out so well for the creation or us.
An obliging voice - perhaps because of his accent – offers a way that makes sense to me. Jeremy Irons shows us the consequence of all our carelessness, and is determined we can and must do better with trash disposal. In an interview on the CBS Morning Show he said:
"I don't believe we're doomed because I believe that human nature is extraordinary," Irons said. " I think we will be brought to our senses eventually. I think things may have to get worse. I think, I hope we will be brought to our senses. We're on a highway to a very expensive and unhealthy future if we do nothing."
"And gloomy future," Smith [the reporter] added.
"Well, the sun will still shine," Irons replied.
Looking forward – well, not really – but am confident that Mr. Irons’ new film,
TRASHED: No Place for Waste will be a worthwhile contributor to a critical conversation, no matter the weather.
Jeremy Irons' environmental documentary "Trashed" addresses the pressing problem of garbage. (Belnheim FIlms)