Blue Gold

With all the riches

We are still nothing without

Access to water

The section of my Future Learn course I’ve been looking at for the past couple of days focuses on water including the politics of access to water and water scarcity.  It also highlights the imbalance in our world and the impact that our water use can have on the rest of humanity.

“Most of the Earth is covered by seas and oceans accounting for over 97% of total water on the planet, leaving less than 3% of the planet’s water that is not salty (potable). Of the freshwater that is present, 2% is locked in icecaps and glaciers, and a large proportion of the remaining 1% lies too far underground to exploit.”

You can work out your water foot print at http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=cal/WaterFootprintCalculator

Indefinite detention

Indefinite detention

If fleeing your home

Avoid Britain. Instead try

France. 2 months not life.

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From yesterday, this haiku came from reading New Internationalist on my lunch break.  The whole feature isn’t available online but I’ve included a link to part of it above which is worth a read.

If anyone wants to suggest themes for my daily haikus I’d love to hear them!

Sustainability, Society and You

It’s day 2 of my Future Learn course, Sustainability, Society and You:

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Dodo, figurehead

Of extinction leaves others

Invisible. Gone.

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Extinction, part of

Evolution, increasing

Fervently. Blame man.

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The most natural

Environment is one free

From humanity…?

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Buy away your guilt:

Rosary beads, donations,

Carbon offsetting.

Looking for words

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Without camera

In hand, the primrose would have

Remained unnoticed

So far so good with my attempts at a haiku a day.  I’m not saying they’re all any good but I’m still doing it and have been since just before Christmas which counts for something.  I like that it means I have to stop and think for at least a few seconds.  I’m looking at my surroundings differently when I’m trying to figure out what to write.  In the same way that carrying my camera means I look for images, knowing I have to write means I am looking for words.