Saturday, December 4, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
Once upon a time there was a civilization that considered itself "advanced."
The people of that time were given priceless gifts by Mother Nature--clean oceans, fertile estuaries, and pure freshwater springs that sparkled like diamonds in the sunlight.
The people of that time were also given priceless tidbits of wisdom in old sayings, stories and scriptures that were passed down through generations:
- A myth about another advanced civilization that had destroyed itself.
- A scripture about the dangers of worshiping a golden calf (material wealth).
- A cautionary tale about not shitting where you eat or drink.
And what do you think happened?
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Saturday, August 7, 2021
I'm washing lettuce
at the kitchen sink
Gulf Stream collapsing
ice caps melting
beautyberries turning purple
outside the dining room window
angry coup organizers
fox squirrels in the field
deer feeding near the fence
autumn light approaches
(c) lfm, 8/7/2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
not apart, yet
this grief, this joy?
mind full of jewels
try to shine
month to month
week to week
day to day
hour to hour
minute to minute
breath to breath
4-3-2021 and 4/28/2021
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Why are efforts to save Florida's freshwater springs so often doomed to fail? I think it's because of significant barriers that exist throughout our culture--knowledge barriers, legal barriers, funding barriers, political barriers, barriers of vision and value. Would we have more success if our water defender groups joined forces with groups outside "the choir" that are working to break down some of these barriers? What are other ways we could be more effective at dismantling or breaking through these barriers? It's clear that we need some outside-the-box thinking.
- Apathy/feelings of powerlessness (public, elected representatives, government agency officials, etc.)
- Greed (ex: special interest political campaign contributions lead to outsized influence on elected representatives; resistance by corporations and businesses to behavioral changes that would result in lost profits)
- Ignorance, including:
- Ignorance of Florida's hydrological cycle
- Ignorance of interconnections throughout the Floridan aquifer
- Ignorance of who makes water-related decisions and how those decisions are made/political issues
- Myth of an infinite supply of freshwater
- Failure by elected representatives and agency officials to recognize water as a public interest/common interest
- State of Florida funding favors South Florida needs over North Florida needs
- Free water in rural areas/need for tiered water pricing to encourage conservation
- Lack of accountability for state agencies
- Current laws permit damage to natural systems instead of preventing it/natural systems lack their own rights to exist and to thrive
- Regulation of non-point sources of pollution prohibited at the federal level
- Ineffective Best Management Practices (BMPs), Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs), Minimum Flows & Levels (MFLs), Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) that offer only an illusion of protection for springs
- Reliance on ineffective water models and cherry-picking of model data
- Shifting baselines: Few know what we have lost.
- Decreasing levels of state enforcement of environmental regulations
- No environmental checks and balances: water management district board members appointed by the same person (governor) who appoints the head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, no water defenders/environmentalists on water management district boards
- Economy and environment falsely perceived and opposing interests instead of linked interests
- Effects of regional water usage beyond the control of local agency officials
- No widely agreed-upon water ethic
- No clear definition of "public trust" in Florida water law
- Short-term thinking trumps long-term thinking on the part of the public, elected representatives, agency officials, business and commerce