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Earth Day Greetings

My work in the Blackstone Valley of central Massachusetts and Rhode Island constantly reminds me of the tension between human activity and the environment.  Tension of course can lead to both positive and negative results, on occasion simultaneously.  We visited the Blackstone Gorge yesterday, and tried to picnic at the Roaring (or Rolling, depends on who you ask) Dam.  It’s a beautiful spot.  There’s been a dam here since the early 1800’s.  The purpose of the dam was to create a power supply for the explosion of textile mills built along the banks of the Blackstone River.  The mills are long gone.  The water is getting cleaner thanks to the work of many citizens, communities and various government agencies.  But the sediment, the dirt under the River, is still toxic in many places.  Removing the sediment will be enormously expensive.  Perhaps too expensive.  But we’re left with the water’s beauty.  A good deal?  Perhaps a good lesson.

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  1. I am a bit pessimistic about whether we’ll learn on a grand enough scale to not allow our waters to be troubled during our lifetimes, mine at least. And our current administration of profit at any cost is making that more difficult every day. Sure glad we don’t mine coal around here.
    On a more positive note, these are some nice images and remind me yet again that I should visit the Blackstone Valley one of these days. If I can drive to Wahconah Falls in Dalton then it’s probably a similar trip to your neck of the woods.

    April 23, 2019
  2. Thanks Steve. I can certainly understand, and do share, your pessimism. I have to tell you that I get great hope though from young people, including my daughter and her friends but also the students in my classes. Many of them are quite aware of what is happening to the environment and to the society and they are talking about it. Some are trying to do something about it. I think they’ve got more courage than a lot of us older folks!

    April 26, 2019
    • Not that I wish to cast a pall on your confidence because I also feel that, but it will be a while, I am afraid, before they can take over our world and such immense damage is being done now, and accelerating under the current administration, that some things may be changed or lost forever.

      April 26, 2019
  3. Thanks Steve. I agree. I may have given the wrong impression. I actually think they will have to deal with a very different world, one that has been damaged. It’s up to this generation to turn things around. I’m not optimistic that we will I’m afraid. I hope I’m wrong.

    April 28, 2019

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