Waterlife

Okay, we got chickens–well, we don’t got chickens–that’s whole point–in our back yard, funny little chickens, kinda like pets, laying breakfast eggs, protecting us from rattlesnakes. To enhance our pleasure, the good life. We also got Little Lake and Farlain and couple of big marshes (Wye and Tiny).

Then there’s Georgian Bay, as unlike your backyard as you can imagine. And it’s big. Watching after our impact is kind of daunting. But, as Aisha Chiandet, scientist and speaker from SSEA (Severn Sound Environmental Association) demonstrates, we’re not alone. Georgian Bay came off looking pretty good in what’s otherwise at times, admittedly, a pretty bleak film. But beautifully shot, and what a gorgeous soundtrack (through an equally gorgeous pair of speakers–thank you, John).

But have we become so dumb, as the film asks, that we don’t know how dumb we’ve become? I don’t think so. Scared, yes, but dumb, no. And governments and corporations like us scared cuz, as Rick Mercer rants, we’re easier to control. Okay, some of are dumb as fenceposts, but some of us know better, especially now that we’ve seen Waterlife. Want to know more about Josephine Mandamin, the Anishinawbe elder and water walker? Click here. More about the film? Click here. About SSEA? Try this.

Some us met after the film at Explorers‘, to lay our burden down after such a heavy film, but also to connect and share and even brainstorm (on a weeknight!), and one consensus is we need more trees–on King, on Hugel, around Little Lake, along the waterfront. They cool, they soak up carbon, they trap water, they prevent soil erosion, they beautify the land and attract visitors and settlers, and they provide free compost and mulch. A hundred years ago somebody had the vision and patience to plant trees. What are we doing now?

Midland councilor Bob Jefferey is the chair of SSEA. SSEA has a ‘2012 Tree Seedling Distribution Program…to provide local residents with reasonably priced, native tree seedlings for spring planting.’ Trees are part of the hydrological cycle. What about water in the rest of the cycle? As the film points out, water cycles endlessly. Who are we to think we can get away with linear thinking? It’s terminal.

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