I remember when I was still at primary school so I’m guessing I was around 9 or 10 and going into school where the snow came up to my waist.
Only a handful of teachers and students made it in that day. We lived one road away from my primary school and nothing, not even the weather, was going to stop my parents from sending me into school.
As it was just us in the school, the teachers suggested we have a snowball fight in the playground, who were we to argue. It was so much fun!
Recently, someone mentioned a story they had heard on the news reporting that, due to climate change, the snow that falls in the UK during the winter may became a thing of the past.
That made me sad.
The fondest memories I had as a child was playing in snow. It didn’t matter how cold my fingers got or whether I could still feel them, it didn’t deter me from playing in the snow.
Even as an adult I loved making a snowman. I know, I’m just a big kid really!
This winter has been quite mild, I remember standing in the garden on New Years Day and I didn’t even need a jacket on. I don’t ever remember doing that. Although, we haven’t had any snow yet, if and when we do get snow, I don’t think it will be like it was when I was a child.
Memories of snow
Back in 2010, my friend Rachel lived with me for a while and one winter she was there, it snowed. So we decided at about 9pm, as you do, to go out and build a snowman. I was really cold but totally worth it. We were going for a ‘Night Fever’ snowman.
I’m pretty sure I’m wearing a pair of socks as I couldn’t find my gloves.
My friend found the article, which suggests by 2040, those living in southern England may no longer see sub-zero temperatures. These predictions are based on the acceleration of global temperatures.
When you read and hear stories about global warming and how humans are accelerating the process, the absence of snow in the future shouldn’t be a surprise.
Over the last few years, there is no doubting the weather has worsened – the number of floods and damage to properties on the rise. Trees and green spaces play a vital role in water management but these are being replaced by housing. Of course, people need to live somewhere, but at what cost?
The thought of not being able to play in the snow or make a snowman with my six-year-old makes me sad. But the planet is hotting up, playing in the snow will be the least of our worries.