On a day like today, a scorching 38°C in December, one wonders how people can still think climate change is some psychotic-lobby-group myth. After a solid week-and-a-half of unseasonably hot weather, with humidity that is unheard of in our summers, you get plain peeved at those people’s opinions that deny the existence of scientific fact. They are basically saying, “Stuff you farmers, we don’t care if you need to make a living and the climate change you feel is real; we don’t live off the climate like you do, but our belief system knows better than your daily physical observations.”
Then I get to thinking: This could be the end! The summer solstice could precipitate Armageddon anyway, why moan? The Mayan long-count calendar ends the current 13th b’ak’tun on the 21st of December; for those in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice, I might add. So, is this the end of the world, or the end of a particular epoch? Or, as Y2K did, shall it pass with nothing more than another sunrise and sunset?
You may be forgiven for thinking it’s the end of the world in Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands or Tuvalu. Many of these atoll island nations are already planning their mass evacuations due to rising sea-levels. That stupid climate change again…
Or perhaps you’re in London and it’s once again, dreary and bloody cold, with those ‘lovely’ sunsets before four in the freekin’ afternoon! Does the world end in fire or ice? Well, to us in the Southern Hemisphere it must be fire, we’re burning up! To those in the United Kingdom, it must be a winter tempest of epic proportions. To the islanders, we’re all going to drown in water of biblical proportions.
For some, the apocalypse is delayed; it arrives in January with that long list of Christmas gifts gleefully charged with reckless abandon in December. Only, to later bite one’s bank account in the ‘other word for a donkey.’
So as 2012 comes to a close and we all reflect on the year and what may, or may not come, raise your glasses! Forget about all these troubles for a couple sacred days of vacation during the festive season. Forget if 2012 was great or not, forget if the apocalypse looms or not, forget if you’re a climate change skeptic or pundit. Just think: Is it hot or is it cold? Is it time for a red or a white? How many family and friends do I have? How much wine must I get?
For to whine at this time of year is futile, we shall thus wine. Wine and dine and worry about worldly troubles in 2013, for ‘tis the season to be mildly intoxicated with loved ones; as long as one takes public transit or stays put. Whatever the Mayans may have you believe; be certain: If no asteroid hits us, we’ll be looking after the grapes for you, despite our climate being a royal pain in the rear end. Rest assured we’ll be making you the best the vine has to offer for New Years 2013 and beyond.
Du Toitskloof wishes you and yours a trouble-free end to the 13th b’ak’tun, a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.