Discussion of two different ways of handling a “commons” resource: Kansas (regulates rates of removal from the aquifer) and Texas (water is treated like a mineral, so no limits on how much can be removed). Note, Texas water use affects availability of water in Kansas.
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Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.
Click here for a New Yorker article about a lawyer-hero right here in Cincinnati. It will teach you about the fact that new chemical compounds are “innocent until proven guilty” (through a very onerous process), and how chemical companies beat the system by slightly changing banned chemicals, and the lengthy process of banning that one begins all over again…