Ecology: For all the wrong reasons. [Nature runs faster and the need for philosophy]

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Humans always try to catch up with nature…

Lake Champlain may be more susceptible to damage from climate change than was previously understood, researchers have found Therefore, they say, the rules created by the EPA to protect the lake may be inadequate to prevent algae blooms and water quality problems as the region gets hotter and wetter. (1)

Alberta’s rivers are the main source of water for agriculture in Canada’s Prairie provinces. But climate change and increased human interference mean that the flow of these headwaters is under threat. This could have major implications for Canadian gross domestic product, and even global food security. A study published in Hydrological Processes sheds light on sources of streamflow variability and change in Alberta’s headwaters that can affect irrigated agriculture in the Prairies. This provides the knowledge base to develop improved water resource management to effectively adapt to evolving river flow conditions. (2)

We want to improve water management due to changes in water flows. We do not want to cut down the reasons for which we use water. We want to revise the rules we have for protecting the lake’s ecosystem. We do not want to change the actual reasons which create changes to that system.

We want to be ecologists by controlling the environment. We want to bring balance by acting in the same very way (control-mania) which put the system off balance in the first place.

We learn nothing.

Because we cannot.

We have focused so much on trying to explaining (science) and doing things (technology), that we cannot actually sit down and listen (philosophy) or accept and know (religion).

Let the river flow.

Let the river die.

Let the rain pour down on you.

You are a small drop…

You are the ocean.