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In general humans are pretty apathetic. Unless something concerns us directly we’re not ready to take up the gauntlet and get involved in anything for the greater good. Yes, there are people who make it a point to involve themselves, but the majority of us just read the paper or watch the news and moan, if that. What we need to realize, and right now, is that we are polluting our planet in almost more ways than we can count and in countless ways we’re not even aware of. It’s difficult to imagine what kind of event would jolt us out of our complacency and motivate us to look around and see what is happening to us right in our own living spaces. The most important part of our lives, besides air, is water; most of the planet is made up of water, we are mostly made up of water, we need to ingest water to live. Yet we choose to ignore the runoff from our streets, from factories, from overgrazing and indiscriminate farming. Again, yes, there are a few activists pursuing actions on these things, but we, ordinary people, can also choose to join the fight to keep our water safe, if not beautiful, for the future. We can begin by being conscious of what we, our very own selves, are doing to keep our water supply potable – do we check storm drains, do we change the oil in our cars safely, do we refrain from throwing anything into water or on beaches or along riverbanks? We can also make a little more effort, not much, but a little, by contacting those who represent us with governments to let them know that we care and concerned, in general or about specific concerns. Shouldn’t we take part in preserving ourselves and the water that gives us life?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

2 thoughts on “Runoff

  1. I hate the news, it is too hard for me to handle. My Grandmother might have introduced me to it too soon. I do like to know about things that are happening but it has to come from another source… that is kind of weird huh?

    Ahhh yeah water is super important (duh without it we would die). I work by a canal (not that we drink that water, but still) it is filthy dirty. For the better half of a month there has been a mattress, atv, and a shopping cart swimming (well sunken) in the water. The canal is filled with large fish, that are more than likely inedible and where we work there are many homeless people about. I have told my coworkers on more than one occasion that I would eat those fish if I were homeless because it makes no sense to me not to, rather than scrounging for food. They believe it unwise (and it is), but who is to say that these homeless people aren’t doing just that? So, now not only do I feel sorry for the fish that have no choice to live in that fill ridden squalor but the individuals who eat the fish as well.

    Anyway… I actually came on here to tell you that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award, and while I really like your photos I also like your message (just know that for when you read that my post talks only of your photos) I hope it brings you more traffic!

    • My hope was to get people to think about this, as you have, and maybe start at least a tiny movement to help all of us.

      Thank you so much for the award; I’m quite honored and glad that you find this blog worthy of an award. All the best to you.

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