Weather is the Lord's business Dec 1, 2013
I loved Flight behaviour (Faber & Faber) by Barbara Kingsolver, a novel about climate change and farm wife Dellarobia?s separation from her husband in America?s Deep South Bible belt.
There are parallels all the way through between her story and that of the monarch butterflies whose migration patterns have been altered by climate change. Dellarobia ?abides captivity? with her husband Cub, whose farming family don?t believe in climate change (?weather is the Lord?s business?) and plan to log the mountainside to pay off a loan. The migrating butterflies are said to be in ?diapause? which means ?shutting down their sex drive until further notice?like marriage?; and a tree that fell over in the endless autumn rain ?like herself, ? just seemed to have come loose from its station in life?.
The scientist who comes to study the butterflies relieves Dellarobia of ?a lifetime of illusions?Noah?s Ark and better days ahead?.