Where the Sidewalk Meets the Road – The Earth Bleeds Orange

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“Where the Sidewalk Meets the Road” – Mulberry Street – Wilkinsburg, PA – Acid Mine Drainage discharging from the buried foundation of a now demolished building…

Western Pennsylvania shows the scars of one-hundred years of industry… Some are obvious… Abandoned steel mills… Communities left in ruins… Others are not so obvious…

Coal mining was a massive industry in this state… A direct result of a lack of environmental restrictions within the commonwealth was a lack of remediation obligations after the venture was completed… Spent mines were filled with the byproducts of coal processing… Iron pyrite happened to make up a large percentage of this waste… When the abandoned mines eventually flooded… The water mixed with the iron and rusted… Add oxygen and you now have sulphuric acid…

Sulphuric acid… Bleeding from the earth… Where the land will allow it is often hidden by the very people we expect to protect us… But in urban areas where land is at a premium… There is no hiding it… And sadly… There is no money to remediate it… It just continuously flows out of the ground and down the street side… Eventually running through a small hole drilled in the side of the storm sewer… And right down into Nine Mile Run… Which flows into the Monongahela River… Which becomes the Ohio River… And then the Mississippi River… And ultimately the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean…

Among the many colors the earth bleeds… One of the most destructive… And also the most common… Happens to be orange…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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Good Planets are Hard to Find

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Acid Mine Discharge in my neighborhood. A bi-product of coal mining is iron pyrite, when the iron is exposed to moisture it will rust, when that is mixed with oxygen you get sulphuric acid… Shown bubbling out of the street… I could remediate this, but it will require several tons of limestone and some heavy equipment… Not to mention permission that I would not get…

The resources of our planet are already beyond her limits, the best time to act was fifty years ago… The second best time is now… Currently all of the systems that make the world function are failing, mass casualty natural disasters will become commonplace and land will become much more scarce. As we increase our rate of consumption, the rate of degradation increases exponentially, we as humans in turn need to move forward in a way that is not degrading our environment.

As time moves forward we are using less of our most available resource – HUMANS – to harvest the resources that we have less and less of. Even as I write this somewhere in the world a robot is replacing human farm labor, people are losing their jobs faster than we can replace them. When a person loses their ability to feed themselves they often end up on welfare, a system that reminds me of the scrip system that was issued by the mines to miners as payment, scrips were non transferrable and only valid at one company store… Essentially a form of human ownership… And a tool that will one day be used to control people again…

Water is a resource that is literally shaping the world around us as we speak, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find reasonably pure water anywhere in the world… In order for water to be considered potable it is tested for around 2000 elements, this is not an easy test to pass and will only get harder as we introduce and discover new elements.

– 97% of all of the water on the earth is salt water.

– 3% of it is fresh, of which 75% of that fresh water is in ice…

The fresh water is split up into…

– 11% is rechargeable ground water (less than 800m), this water needs to be slowly absorbed to recharge.

– 14% is in deep groundwater (pre-historic groundwater) and is not rechargeable.

– 0.03% is in lakes, ponds and surface water.

– 0.06% is in our forests and soil.

– 0.03% is in our rivers

-0.035% is in our atmosphere.

Of the 3% of our water that is not salty, roughly 0.03% is actually useable. We need more people paying attention to the land and listening to what it is saying, the earth is always speaking. Many of us hear her scream, only a few of us have been tuned in to be able to hear her whisper.

The Gaia Hypothesis

The earth as a whole is a sentient being, meaning a self-healing, and a self-regulating being that has the ability to not only detect problems, but to also react and respond. If the earth really is a sentient being that does have the ability to respond to problems, then it will eventually neutralize the problem… We as humans do the same thing… We identify the problem, consider the solutions and act appropriately, neutralizing the problem.

– Diversity leads to stability…

– Stability leads to fertility…

– Fertility leads to designing and sustaining productivity…

– Productivity leads to designing sustainable economies…

– Economies lead to designing interactive communities…

– Permanence in culture results due to the interactive community…

please just listen – chriscondello

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