The Amazon River & the Tragedy of “The Tragedy of The Commons”

Environmentality: a militarized mentality… a pattern of thought that seeks to justify increases in national and civilian security by increasing insecurity; environmentalism turned into a policing action—Robert P. Marzec   According to Robert Marzec, of the University of Minnesota, science has sought since the 1700s to emancipate human beings from their dependence on chance; the science and philosophy of men ultimately “brought about a form of securitization that changed the understanding of Nature from an…

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Inaugural Great Lakes Water Walk

“We rise in the dark before the sun comes up. The spirit of the lake is already calling us. Bleary eyed, about 100 of us shuffle onto the misty grounds of the Scarboro Mission on the edge of the bluffs on September 24 for a sunrise ceremony to show a little love for the lake that gives and gives to millions of us everyday. This is Toronto’s inaugural Great Lakes Water Walk.”—Adria Vasil,  Now Toronto.…

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Water Is…

“Though a practicing limnologist and water scientist, Munteanu considers herself “one of the mavericks of the scientific community,” attentive to what her colleagues term “weird water” – aspects of the way water behaves for which traditional science has not (yet) found formulas. The result is a trove of disparate treasures, like how Galileo understood water flow, the Chinese character for water,  Leonardo da Vinci’s water drawings, the Gaia Hypothesis, and David Bohm’s theory of flux.…

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Water Is…

“When Nina Munteanu wrote “Water Is…” she dug deep into our world to show us the depths of our greatest treasure. The book gleams with chapter gems, reminding us how water affects us in every way. It’s almost as if reading this book becomes an incantation that magically links us to our past, present and future all at once. Because we are water, as Munteanu says, and without embracing that we’ll never understand the precious…

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Water Is…

“We can’t live without it, so maybe we should start respecting it. This beautifully designed book by a limnologist looks at water from 12 different angles, from life and motion and vibration to beauty and prayer.” —Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale     Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmentalist. She won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature as well as the Booker Prize (several times) and the…

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Water Is…

“An unforgettable, mesmerizing journey with water that will alter the reader’s perception of the universe forever … I took Nina Munteanu’s “Water Is …” on a journey, an unexpectedly exciting and unusual one. The more I read the book, the more I began to take note of the very presence of water and its impact on the environment around me. Munteanu explains the meaning of water, both in scientific and spiritual terms, in this fun,…

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Slovenia Makes Water a Constitutional Right

Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and therefore a basic human right—Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General   Slovenia In 2016, Slovenia’s parliament voted unanimously to amend its constitution to make access to water a fundamental right for all citizens and halt its commercialization. This makes it the first European nation to do so. Earlier, in 2007, Ecuador rewrote its constitution, ratified by referendum by the people of Equador in September 2008,…

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Water Is…

” ‘Water Is…’ a must read. After reading Nina’s book “Water is…” I will never think of water the same way as I had before.Water is an essential element of life and so much more.Throughout the book the author takes us on a journey of Water with eloquence and allure.I highly recommend this book not only to Water enthusiasts but to each and every citizen of our planet.This book is factual,artistic,and poetic with beautiful photographs…

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How Nature & Climate Change Can Help Us Achieve Happiness

In a July 6th 2017 article in Tales By Trees entitled “Let the Forest Make You Happier”, Lauren Sedger writes how letting oneself feel awe ultimately leads to kindness and happiness. She starts, of course, with poetry: “Back in 1778, William Wordsworth sat upon a river bank and noticed that ‘an eye made quiet by the power / Of harmony’ offered respite from ‘the fever of the world’. Poets have long known the power of…

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Water Is…

“Timely and important discussion. ‘Water Is…’ makes it clear in a variety of ways the importance of water as a resource, with insights far beyond what the average person would consider concerning water. This is an excellent resource as a social studies teacher and a science fiction writer, and enjoyable as a reader. Definitely check it out!” —Brandon Crilly, author & teacher   Brandon Crilly Brandon Crilly teaches anthropology and geography with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board,…

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