An interesting thought about the planet Earth, the environment, the future, and what we humans must do.
All are invited to take part in a Walk of Witness on Saturday 2nd March, to support the Enough Food For Everone IF Campaign.
The walk is being organised by CAFOD Birmingham, in partnership with Christian Aid. It is supported by church leaders including Archbishop Bernard Longley and the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham.
The event will begin with an optional Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral at 10am, followed by a gathering at St Chad’s Cathedral and blessing by Archbishop Bernard Longley at 10.45am.
Following the Walk of Witness through Birmingham City Centre, we will gather for workshops and worship at St Martin’s in the Bullring at 11.30am.
For more information please contact Abigail at CAFOD on 01922 722 944 or John at Christian Aid on 0121 200 2283.
The Enough Food For Everyone IF Campaign is a coalition of almost a hundred UK charities who have come together to make 2013…
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our environment, the condition our earth is in, has a big impact on climate change. the temperature is affected by the ground, especially now with how dry and damaged the earth is in most parts that are suffering from droughts. The (high heat) temperature makes it harder to keep the environment healthy and the weather becomes worse. The rainfall becomes more intense and weather causes flooding in many of those areas of drought. ” In 2012, there was estimated 11 million dollar damages from weather conditions” – Doug Kluck, meteorologist. Doug also mentioned how the weather is becoming more hard to predict with climate changes that affects not only our lives, but all of nature as well. The entire planet is experiencing changes due to the climate from the sea, to the mountain areas and the land that we live and farm on. One question in particular was “Are tribes ready for drought” ? This really made me think how I can prepare for the worst in the years to come when considering the environment that my family will be living in.
We also heard from Dr. White about biosequestration and how can prevent the damages being done to our earth. By preventing these damages people can prevent climate change and degradation of land. The low input, high diversity grassland can has the best proven results.
- low risk
- protection from flooding
- increasing fertility
Listening to the speakers I figured out that drought can lead to to climate change which will weaken the environment which is the cause of drought. So it remains this cycle of not restoring but continuing to kill the nutrition and supplements that grow naturally in the earth. When there is finally rainfall the water can not be absorbed from poor condition of the earth. Millions of acres being used for monoculture and sprayed with pesticides, that is what has been killing our Land, Water, and Air by contamination, through a deadly cycle.
I was interested in learning about the water in my town Red Rock, Oklahoma. The only information that I came across online however; was about water filtration systems. I am taking that as an indicator that the water in Red Rock is not suitable for the residents to drink. From personal experience I would also say the water isn’t suitable enough for drinking and questionable when bathing in it, because of the effects it can have on your skin, during certain times or allergic reactions for people with skin conditions.
“The process of water purification can remove several contaminants from homes. this list includes sand, parasites, calcium, fungi, algae, magnesium, lead, copper, and chromium. Purification can affect the waters smell, taste, and appearance which in turn makes the water safer and more effective for drinking, cooking, laundry, and bathing.” (untitedwatersystems,com/providers-redrock-ok.html)
I thought water that came through our tap systems at home had already filtered out most of these things. There would be some occasions where the water would contain contaminants that you could actually see and smell. My family has always bought water from the stores home for cooking and drinking.
When doing some research I also came across a site that had information about sooner lake. which is located approx 5-10 miles south of Red Rock, OK. where I grew up. At a smaller age we would swim and fish in the lake. The more recent times are different nobody ever swims in the lake, and when people do go out on a boat its for recreation. The local people do still fish in the lake but, there is mercury contaminants in the lake so they throw the fish back, its harmful to your body to eat the fish. Here are some numbers that i came across on the website.
222544.60099209 pounds of chemicals from OG&E
- Mercury compounds 178.1 pounds = air/ water
- Lead compounds 199.5 pounds = air
- Barium compounds 7019 pounds = air/water
- Hydrochloric acid 26000 pounds = air
293798.10121718 pounds of chemical from OG&E
- Mercury compounds 219.4 pounds = air/land
- Lead compounds 458.7 pounds = air/ land
- Copper compounds 842 pounds = air/ land
- Vanadium compounds 1173 = air/ land
- Barium compound 19360 pounds = air/ land/ water
- Hydrochloric acid 32000 pounds = air
- Sulfuric acid 36000pounds = air
- Hydrogen fluoride 200000 pounds = air
Polluters were found using the Toxic Release Inventory Program. The goal of the Toxics Release Inventory program is to provide communities with information about toxic chemical releases and waste management activities and to support informed decision making at all levels by industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and the public.” (Environmental hazards, http://www.homefacts.com/environmentalhazards/Oklahoma/Noble-County/Red-Rock.html)
It seems the environmental damage over the past 7 years has damaged much more than just the air, the water and land have also suffered from the toxic waste of the power plant. Its common for things like this to effect the ground water and possibly the towns water sources as well.
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i chose to write about water falls. they are some of the most beautiful nature made creations, even though some are man made. they supply the rivers ad oceans with runoff and melting snow, some are even made up of all natural fresh spring water. today there are so many contaminates in the earth from peoples yards, pesticides, and energy companies that dump into rivers the waterfalls are not as pure as they once were. the interesting thing i discovered about one waterfall is that is only has effect in certain months of the year. the other time it is either too dry or other reason that the waterfall does not flow.
Elsmore, Kansas – Bourbon Lake Falls:
This waterfall in the spillway at Bourbon State Fishing Lake is usually active from April through June.
After heavy rain, it is nothing short of spectacular. The 30′ falls was visible through the trees from the gravel road a quarter mile away.
If you park on the road, it is only about a hundred yards to the falls. The best time to visit is April until early June.
its would be interesting if there was a way to find out if this waterfall had ever been continuously running or was it always a season fall. also what affected the change and will there be signs of it restoring or is it slowly deteriorating?