On Valentine's morning, birds flocked outside my window.
English poets Geoffrey Chaucer, Michael Drayton and William Shakespeare wrote in their love poems that birds began mating on Valentine's Day. Even in that colder time, when winter seemed to last forever, birds arrived in mid-February, chirping songs of spring.
Now, with climate change, trees bloom several weeks earlier than 20 or 30 years ago. Trees in flower already line Atlanta's streets. Buds have broken out on our tulip tree that once bloomed the first week of March.
Covering the Georgia Legislature a few years ago, I never heard climate change mentioned. The legislators were busy killing a tax exemption for electric cars.
Nor is any climate change action being taken this session. Climate change denial prevails at the gold-plated Georgia Capitol. Savannah and Georgia's barrier islands will sink as seas rise, but not even a study committee has been formed.
Valentine's Day used to give relief from winter. Now, it marks the arrival of spring.