Strong Winds Rip Marquee Tent Away During Storm Ali
This huge marquee tent didn’t stand a chance as it was blown away with ease by Storm Ali. The powerful 100 mph winds caused by Storm Ali that are sweeping the nation also made an appearance at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. It’s there that keen golfer, Alan O’Loughlin, filmed the havoc of the tent being swept away on September 19. He said that he saw the tent from afar plump up due to the strength of the wind, but he didn’t realize that he was in for quite the show. The tent slowly started to lose its battle with the wind and the first structural beams started to get ripped from the ground. At one point in the video, though, the tent didn’t resemble its original shape, but rather one of a hot air balloon. Luckily for the organisers, the tent covering didn’t fly away with the wind but managed to collapse to one side. Storm Ali has been wreaking havoc in Northern Ireland, going as far as leaving 200 000 people without electricity and killing two people. The winds were reported to be the strongest the British Isles have felt since 1880.
We all know that we are fighting a war against time to save our planet. Ecologists are warning us every day that our planet is dying, and it is all our fault. We hear stories about the rise of the ocean levels due to climate change, we read about PM10 and PM2.5 particles in the atmosphere, about floating islands of trash in the middle of our oceans, about holes in the ozone layers, about deforestation. But it doesn’t really get to us.
There are many sceptics out there that don’t want to believe in global warming. They might say that it’s all a scam, that it’s a ll created by a select few to keep the world living in the ultimate paranoia, but the truth is that global warming is here, and unless we man up and change our behavior from the roots upwards, we will be responsible for killing our planet. There is no second or third planet. It might take us years to find a good substitute, or we might never make it, but the problem isn’t in the availability or the stage of development of our space programs, but rather of the time we have left here on this ticking bomb we call home.
It is true, governments can do a whole lot more to stop the process. From bans of single use plastics, to eradicating non renewable sources of electricity they can regulate each sphere of our society to help the world battle against the ever present pollution. It might not happen overnight, but it will pay off in the long run. Unfortunately, it’s not only their actions that should matter. The Earth citizens need to be taught a good lesson in ecology. It’s not okay to whine about government officials and their inactivity in ecology matters and then turn around and buy a plastic bottle of water. It’s important to rethink our own ways because in the end, it’s all 7 billion of us that are responsible for the state that we are living in.
There are visible changes in the Earth’s behavioral patterns. There are less and less seasons in the world. It seems that we only experience scorching hot summers and freezing winters. Places where there used to be a lot of sun throughout the year are now drowning in monsoon-like flash floods. Hurricanes appear in the most unusual places and high temperatures are breaking the norm in places where it’s continuously chilly throughout the summer. The heat waves are responsible for numerous deaths throughout the northern parts of Europe and North America where average summer temperatures are in the 60-70 °F. Just think about it all before you grab your car keys or pay for the next bottled drink.