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Anne Yarwood

No 5. – Water concerns

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WAKE UP to dire information from UN Agencies and practical interventions by NGO & Local community groups :-

UN World Water Reports  – HERE

*1000 Under 5’s die every day globally, from diarrhoeal diseases.

WASH : Managed Water, Sanitation, Hygiene is a dedicated UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG-6). 2010 accepted as a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT.

2.1 billion people lack safely managed drinking water. 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation.

 * WaterAid UK –  1981 founded by UK Water Industry. Works in partnership with local organisation in 37 countries helping poor communities bring water and sanitation close to home. It also works to influence government water policies. President Prince Charles –  HERE

* History of Rainwater Harvesting –  HERE

* Waterharvest Charity, formerly Wells for India  – HERE

*UN 2017 Report : Waste Water in water reports – HERE

*Agriculture & meat production – HERE

Last 50 years increased useage – population growth & rising expectations in Western world. Agriculture is one largest footprints of water use eg nearly 1,800 gallons water to produce one pound beef; 576 gallons for one pound pork; 108 gallons for one pound corn.

*IFAD : International Fund Agricultural Development

Recognition of Indigenous people’s resourcefulness, including adapting to climate change. 370 million people worldwide. Sensitive to the environment, adaptive capacity, resilience, able to modify their behaviour  –  HERE

*COBRA PROJECT: FACING UP TO CHALLENGES WITH LOCAL SOLUTIONS. 

Cobra uses information & communication technologies. (ICT) to to help local communities document& promote their own solutions to sustainability challenges & inspire others locally, nationally, internationally – HERE . Watch the inspirational video: self- reliance & sustainability

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Lying there just looking at the Moon

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I’ve spent ages this week thinking about a text to echo the photograph of Moon & Water. Several poems unearthed but inadequate for my Moon feelings.

Then last night in bed, I turned my head towards the three large windows, to my left. The house is over 100 years old. Black painted wooden eaves hunch over the window. Beyond, an 100 year Lawsonian pine. Here a Tawny Owl calls at dusk or dawn.

And THERE WAS THE MOON. Beaming, BEAMING white light into  my room. At 3 o’clock it had moved to the third window. At 5am it was out of sight.

All the writing and images in this edition of TIA, tell of human interventions with WATER. The musing you’re reading now, dwells on the miracle of water and miraculous tides drawn to bulge, by the miraculous Moon.

For more info – Moonconnection.com 

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No. 4 – Butterflies

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WAKE UP ……. To the exquisite beauty of Butterflies,

To the engineering of their Gestation,

To the journeys that many make to Procreate: Painted Ladies flight from North Africa – HERE

  • plant Birch Trees – betula pendula, home for thousands of insects. Food for Siskins, Tits – HERE
  • Protect Ivy in churchyards , derelict places & gardens. Their nectar laden flowers feed Red Admirals, still alive in November – HERE
  • Sir David Attenborough , President, Butterfly Conservation says “spending time with Butterflies lifts the spirits & reinvigorates that sense of wonder in the Natural World” – HERE
  • Michael Gove,  Environment Secretary  encouraged by research into the harm to insects of NionicondricidesHERE    supports the EU ban ( outside greenhouses), thus reversing HMG’s previous rejection of the ban. This support makes it more likely that the ban will succeed –   HERE
  • danger of Glysophate , in weedkiller : danger to insects and humans (yet to confirmed) –  HERE
  • UK faces £ 228 million bill if this EU legislation is accepted – HERE

Other references:-

  • Butterfly Conservation – HERE
  • Buglife – HERE
  • Butterfly photos – HERE
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Take Insects Seriously and Wonder at them !

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DAMSEL FLIES AWAITING TAKE-OFF

Of the species Odonata, Damsel flies and the larger Dragon flies are amongst the most beautiful and spectacular insects.Amongst the most ancient creatures, millions of years ago they were some of the largest flying invertebrates ever.

Now, once emerged from water they live but a few weeks, if that.

Prof. Dave Goulson, University Sussex alerts us to the alarming evidence that insect populations world wide, are in RAPID DECLINE. ” if we lose the insects, then everything is going to collapse”: an ecological ARMAGEDDON.

Photo Acknowledgement  – Daily Telegraph

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Awe at Wonderments – Hubble’s Messier 5

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Hubble’s Messier 5 was catalogued by the 18th century astronomer. It contains 100,000 stars or more, bound by gravity into a region around 165 light years in diameter. Astronomers honour star-dust.

In our Story, across the page, we tell of the artist Antonia Rolls. She paints and speaks with men and women, during their last days on this planet. She honours star-dust.

http://www.star.ucl.ac.uk/~apod/apod/ap171104.html

Acknowledgement – NASA

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The Man Who Planted Trees

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Twenty some years ago David Milarch hovered above the bed, looking down at his motionless body. Years of alcoholism had booted him out of his life. An inexplicable cosmic commandment would return him to it. His improbable charge? To clone the world’s champion trees – the giants that had survived millennia and would be unvanquished by climate change. Experts said it couldn’t be done. Fast-forward to today, and Milarch is now the keeper of a Noah’s Ark filled with the genetics for repopulating the world’s most ancient trees. Founder of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive he is on a mission to restore the lungs of the planet — a mission that now reaches close to 300 million people each year.

You can read or listen to the full version of the interview by Daily Good with David –  here. 

Acknowledgement – Contribution from Brian, a fellow environmental campaigner.

Photo – Daily Good

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Treasure …. in piles of poo !

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I usually look up and around when I am walking.  This day I didn’t and what caught my eye were a couple of dollops of horse manure…with treasure.

Treasure that had sprung to life from what one could have regarded as an ‘end product’. Who knows where it started and all the facets of the constituents of the manure.

It was far from over…  in fact, it was the start of new life…searching for light and winding fragile stalks chaotically.

I thought it was beautiful and a sign of hope that when there are piles of shit…there are also possibilities of new growth and undiscovered beauty.

I could so easily have missed it.

Acknowledgement – Christina Searle, a new Blog contributer ( see Story – Steve Searle and Gallery – HERE )

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No. 3 – Centenary of the Balfour Declaration 7 November 2017

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Balfour Declaration. Letter to Lord Rothschild  from Arthur Balfour, British Foreign Secretary  (2 November 1917)

“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national  home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and political rights of existing non- Jewish communities in Palestine & the rights and political status of Jews in other countries”.

The 1917 Balfour Declaration was a first step towards the creation of a sanctuary for a persecuted people, the Jews.

It was also the start of a process which has rendered Palestinians stateless, living under occupation in their own land, in refugee camps, or scattered throughout the world.

Two gatherings  in London mark the Centenary. They demonstrate conflicting responses to the historic event. 

 ‘Britain’s Broken Promise’  31 October – organised by the Balfour Project who state:-

”An evening acknowledging Britain’s broken promise made in the Balfour Declaration; acknowledging Britain’s responsibilities in  the Middle East. An opportunity to commit ourselves to support Palestine and Israel in building a peaceful future based on equal rights for all.”   (Westminster Central Hall)

‘Partners in the Great Enterprise’   7 November  – organised by Balfour 100, a Christian organisation celebrating the Centenary who state :-

”During the evening Christian  leaders will help us remember, reconnect, recognise & rededicate to show our love and support for Israel & the Jewish people.” (Royal Albert Hall)

The Story (above), Take Two play and The Just Walk to Jerusalem ( Tales in Archives) open our minds to injustice in present day Palestine. 

LATEST UPDATE FROM JUSTIN BUTCHER –‘WE’RE HERE” !!    THEY’VE COMPLETED THEIR PILGRIMAGE AND ARRIVED IN PALESTINE – READ HERE

ALSO  – Video of their meeting at the Jordan border – HERE

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Awe & Wonderment ; Western Australia

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Today the Blog gazes across far distant time. What strange world is this ? Earth.

In the foreground are the PINNACLES. Unusual rock spires in Namburg National Park, Western Australia. They are made from ancient sea shells (limestone); the topic of research.

Research into human existence in this part of earth at earliest archeological sites reveals that there was an Aboriginal presence 40 – 60,000 years ago; the oldest continuous culture on earth.

A culture whose hall mark is ONENESS WITH NATURE; within a belief system where nature & landscape are sacred. Aboriginal oral tradition is built upon a belief in the DREAMTIME: the reality of Dreaming.

Ref –  UCL: Astronomy Picture of the Day 10/10/17 – HERE

–  Australia Indigenous art – HERE

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Yarrows & Verges – Achillea Millefolium

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What beautiful words ..Yarrow and verges! It’s the ‘y’ and the ‘v’ sound…

I’m so fortunate living in a rural area where many roads have wide grass verges. Dandelions glorify in Spring. Autumn sees the white heads of Yarrow accessible for herbalists who list many uses for the tinctures. Whilst Yarrow’s white multiple heads and dark green ferny leaves can lie unnoticed in the grass, it has an ancient history. Legend tells of a tincture that Achilles smeared all over his body, apart from his heel, to ward off arrows. Today its uses include body temperature control, hormonal problems, cramps, swellings, bruises.

PLANTLIFE’S Road Verges Campaign note it as a significant plant in its work to encourage Local Authorities to improve management of verges to benefit wildlife…birds, bees, insects. (see HERE )

Learn about free herbal food & medicine :-

Whispering Earth –   HERE        

Herbarium Blog  –  HERE  

Woodland Trust – foraging – HERE

Permaculture – sustainability & free food – HERE

More about Yarrow – HERE

Photo – Ralph A Lewin, Getty Images

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