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Blueberries and Climate Change


It’s the Labour Day weekend in North America, signalling the end of summer.  From here on in, the mornings become crisper and the nights cooler. Children return to school and the whole family adjusts to new routines. At the same time, it’s a time of bounty in the garden and in nature. Our tomatoes and zucchini are producing prolifically, and while blueberry season is over in most parts of Canada, in our corner of the world wild blueberries are still abundant. The best picking is often in the first few weeks of September. It’s a chance to get out in the bush and to enjoy both the beauty of the wilderness and the company of good friends (picking blueberries alone is not recommended, as it is a favourite food of black bears as well as people!).  Berry picking is also a good time to remind myself of why I’m a climate activist; we live in such a beautiful and abundant world, why wouldn’t we want to preserve that heritage for our children?

The harvest from one blueberry picking outing

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. 2011/09/05 9:23 am

    Wow – did you pick all of those? How long did it take? We enjoyed eating some of your wild blueberries while we were in Winnipeg. 🙂

  2. Christine permalink*
    2011/09/05 9:59 am

    It was a joint effort between Kate and me – and they do look rather impressive, don’t they?

  3. patweese07 permalink
    2011/09/05 12:10 pm

    Looking so tasty!

  4. 2011/09/06 1:37 pm

    Wow what a haul! I am sure that took a while to pick! Were they high bush or low bush? Only low bush grow around here, but the berries are much, much smaller. Have fun with your harvest!

    • Christine permalink*
      2011/09/08 9:51 am

      I’m pretty sure the wild blueberries around here are low bush, but I’m only guessing. I’ve been out a few more times since, we are going to have lots of blueberries for smoothies this winter!

  5. 2011/09/12 12:29 pm

    I love blueberries! So healthy, and even more delicious.

    Blueberries (a symbol of Earth’s natural bounty) make a great reason to fight for the climate. As a species, we don’t seem to realize how lucky we are to live in this stable climate. The last 10,000 years of relative calm is an anomaly when compared with the rest of the planet’s history, and it’s the reason our civilization was able to grow so large. Why would we mess with that, when we’re climate change would likely wreak disaster?

    I like the personal touches you inject your posts with.

  6. Christine permalink*
    2011/09/12 2:53 pm

    Thanks for dropping by, Scott – you’re doing a great job over at your own blog, ( Stay in touch (and I hope you will be a little less lonely on Twitter now that you have one more follower 🙂

  7. 2011/09/12 8:19 pm

    Thanks very much! I sure will 🙂

    And, I am feeling less lonely! Woo!

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