I am sometimes filled with wonder at us. Sometimes, I am filled with disgust. Sometimes, both at once.
The Wonder and the Awfulness of Us
Right now, I am writing this while watching the NASA/JPL feed of the Juno Spacecraft entering the orbit of Jupiter. It’s going well…Every ‘landmark’ has been met, so far…The approach, adjustment of the spacecraft attitude, the spinning up rotation for stability, and the engine burn…All have gone perfectly.
We are SO capable. And yet…
THIS is the Indian River Lagoon, this month…
A Crisis a Century in the Making is Upon Us
I strive in this podcast to bring us good news, as often as possible. But we cannot put our heads in the sand, and pretend there are not problems. Some seem so large, fixing them seems beyond our control. But there is ALWAYS something we can do.
An enormous crisis is upon us. It is not theoretical, or possible, or debatable. It is HERE. It has been coming for decades…And we have failed to act to prevent it. NOW we will be faced with consequences of that failure. Unfortunately, we have continued to elect officials that have ignored, or even exacerbated the problems.
I am not feeling like flinching away from showing pictures of what is happening, in our state, right now…Because over the long weekend, this stopped being a south Florida problem, or an Atlantic coast problem…And became a Gulf of Mexico problem, as Lee County was added to the list of counties effected by the algae bloom emergency:
How Did This Happen?
In the podcast, I give a BRIEF, and far too simplified explanation of where we are, and why. Decisions made decades ago to protect human lives, compounded by failures to repair dike systems, and to hold polluters accountable in favor of profits, have led us here.
We Are NOT Exempt, Here in Pasco County
We can expect similar problems to being occurring all along the Gulf Coast of Florida. It is not speculation. The tens of thousands of residential lawns, the thousands of golf courses, the thousands of commercial properties…As well as our OWN agricultural pollutants are going to create similar problems HERE. In our waters.
This is an alarming situation…It is time for us to begin changing the culture that expects, sanctions, and loves vast expanses of green lawns. Even the grasses used are part of the problem, as they require vast amounts of water, fertilizer, and pesticides to prosper.
This will require a cultural change, and I am just not sure we are strong enough for the coming fight.
Here are links to two EXCELLENT articles about this crisis…I strongly recommend you click through, and read them. This is too important to ignore:
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