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Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Friday, November 02, 2007

Wake up!!!

Is Eastern TN going to wake up? Are we going to realize how serious the water issues are? Or are we going to sit in a dull sleep because we can turn on the tap and water miraculously appears without much thought about where the hell it all comes from? Maybe if we had to draw a bucket up from a drying well, we'd get serious really fast.

There isn't much left folks. We need to get serious about conservation. I'm thinking it might be too late. Some towns have run out already. Where will all that water come from when the entire region finally wakes up? Why isn't this all over the news and why aren't city officials trying to scare the crap out of everyone in order to save water? I wonder....

5 Comments:

Blogger laura said...

this is so true. we spent the day with CG and it opened my eyes to what it really means to conserve. to HAVE TO conserve. not that we don't all HAVE TO, it's just we don't all KNOW that we HAVE TO when we see it running so freely from the tap.

wake up people!! indeed.

2:34 PM  
Blogger jennifer said...

Wake up is so true! My family lived 100 miles from Las Vegas Nevada in a rural farming area. In 2001 Clark County(Las Vegas) officials refiled on the water sources in Lincoln County Nevada where I lived.

This was very sneaky but legal based on laws on the state books in the 1880's. Clark County eventually returned the rights, after Clark Co. uses what they need...translation the big city took the water.

Now I do not know if you have been to Las Vegas, but the Casinos have the lushest lawns in the country. And there are fountains everywhere, no water regulation on the casinos.

So we decided before our county was bled dry, we had better move, which we did.

I have followed the news and residents in the county I cam from are really beginning to worry.

If we are not responsible we will pay heavily. I do believe we need vegetation and gardens, but a golf course lawn at every house???

BTW we moved to another desert area. But the area is very water conscious.

Thanks for this post and sorry to run on but you made me totally agree!

8:32 PM  
Blogger Ren said...

Yeah, all the lawns irritate me too.

Water needs to be for gardens...that part makes sense! When my neighbors were out watering their damn lawn though, I got cranky. If you really want lawn, you can still let it go brown and die during a drought and it will come back if there is rain.

The thing that gets to me is *I'm* not doing enough. CG is probably the only person I know that IS doing enough.
If I'm aware that I'm not doing enough and trying my damndest to make do with less of it, then where does that leave us with folks that don't seem to give a hoot? Or be aware that there is even a problem?

I just wonder if it even matters for me to be careful when my neighbors will just use up what I save. Screwy.

8:44 PM  
Blogger laura said...

but it does matter!!! i know a lot of people say that one person can't make a difference but i think that is crap. just because they are wasteful doesn't discount that you aren't.

keep on keepin on

9:56 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Hi Ren! Here's some helpful links - we're planning on building our own rain barrels once we finish fixing the outside of the house in the spring and fix the 100 y.o. drainage issues. :)
http://www.rain-barrel.net/rainwater-collection-systems.html
http://www.composters.com/rain-barrels.php
http://www.rainbarrelsandmore.com/

Hope that helps!
Andrea

12:06 AM  

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