endemismotrasnochado

Spanning the globe with frequent and once in a while readers. I am interested in collecting, propagating plants, landscape management practices, ecology, environment, flora/fauna, in essence Nature. This blog is written in a blunt, abrasive fashion with consistent critical views on these subjects and others that may be related...or not.

lunes, 30 de noviembre de 2009

GOOD NEWS CLOSE TO HOME AND BAD NEWS FOR THE WORLD

THE GARDEN is hot with flowers:Hibiscus cannabinus, scarlet, Cavalina maritima pink, Bouganvillea pink, Ixora red, Turnera subulata white, ulmiforme, yellow, Cosmos yellow/orange, Thunbergia pauciflora/alata purples, Hibiscus red/pink, Merremia quinquefolia, white, Ipomea quamoclit, red, Tradescantias, pink, Calliandra, red, Antigonon lectopus, pink and Cestrum diurnum, white.


In addition, the Christmas season
guest stars: Poinsettias, red, white and pink.
As stated before, these are hybrids brought home by the other significant one. Created by lame nurseries, designed to last tree months at the most. A real pleasure to enjoy all these flowers. Early in the morning, going out and see this
rainbow of white, red, yellow, orange, pink, in the garden four cardinal points.... Plus the bonus of the hummingbirds, Spindalis, black beetles and bees making their daily visits for nectar.

But the environment is not just what I have around, close by in Puerto Rico,
the concrete asphalt isle. The problem of lack of safe water is creating great health problems in many places. Meanwhile "saving the environment for future generations" that mantra repeated over and over by environmentalists in our backyard, should be put in perspective. It makes less and less sense when puting the picture in focus. There is a need for adequate water, sanitation and hygiene in many places of the world. The information is from the New York Times, 10 November 2009, page A19. Visit, www. wateradvocates.org

They aren't the only ones who don't get safe water
Thyphoid Fever
200,000 deaths

Campylobacter
100 million cases annually

Cholera
3 million cases annually
120,000 deaths

Rotavirus
2 million hospitalized annually
500, 000 deaths

Trachoma
80 million active cases
6 million people blinded

Hepatitis A
1 million infections annually

Bacillary disentery
165 million cases anually
600, 000 deaths

Amoebic Dysentery
50 million infections annually
100,000 deaths

Enterotoxigenic E Coli Strains
200 million cases anually
170,000 deaths

The last one on this list, affects Puerto Rico directly since the AAA, the government agency in charge of water treatment, has maintained a policy of discharging raw sewage, and used water to the ocean, estuaries and streams along the island for decades. In consequence, saving the trees, forests or whatever comes to mind, or being more realistic, marching
and signing petitions for one thing, putting aside the other, is a waste
of energy and effort. This problem besides an environmental issue is also
a matter of public health.

Next time you enjoy your complacent trip, ecotourist adventure, be aware
of the amplitude of what saving the environment really means. Cut the mantra, get some focus. Time to go...



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5 comentarios:

MEER dijo...

Hi I really enjoyed your new style blog. Very good post. This is a really novel way to spread awareness will link this on my AERIAL VIEW!

Antigonum Cajan dijo...

Thanks Meer,

I appreciate your comments.

When I started the blog, I was more focused into aesthetics, collecting and propagating plants, criticism on
pendejismo paisajista from agronomists, landscape designers, and Alberto Areces Mallea, Phd.

With time I have reached some awareness regarding gardening at home. It is a small part of a wider scheme in nature.

It has to be in CONTEXT, with the
environment close by, flora/fauna
but also with the global happenings
mostly of destruction of water, soil,
and air.

That is why I think that turf, hedges
and palms should not be allowed in urban contexts, their maintenance create all possibilities of pollution and waste/noidr. Golf courses particularly.

Thanks again....

Beth dijo...

Your blog looks nice. Life is a combination of good and bad news. Glad to know that your garden is hot with flowers. Expecting the pictures of your garden on your upcoming blog. Iflorist.co.uk

Antigonum Cajan dijo...

Hi Beth,

Thanks for the visit and your comments.
I will try to comply...

Antigonum Cajan dijo...

However the flowers ARE already in the blog...