On Saturday there was a grand opening of our local park’s very own Free Little Library, right next to the playground. The path it’s on gets a lot of foot traffic, and in the hour or so that we were at the playground at least half of the passers-by stopped to have a look and some borrowed a book as well. We will go back tomorrow and add more books, as we borrowed a lovely children’s book today.
It’s been a long time coming. Well done friends of the park!
However, recently I watched a great TED talk and read an interesting BBC article, both pertaining to desertification and to water and I wanted to pass them on.
First, the TED talk is by Allan Savory and on desertification and how to stop it. It’s heartbreaking and insightful and full of hope, if we listen. From the TED site bio:
Desertification of the world’s grasslands, Allan Savory suggests, is the immediate cause of poverty, social breakdown, violence, cultural genocide — and a significent contribution to climate change. In the 1960s, while working in Africa on the interrelated problems of increasing poverty and disappearing wildlife, Savory made a significant breakthrough in understanding the degradation and desertification of grassland ecosystems. After decades of study and collaboration, thousands of managers of land, livestock and wildlife on five continents today follow the methodology he calls “Holistic Management.”
And next, an article from BBC Mundo by Aida Parados on how a huge billboard in Lima, in an area surrounded by desert, produces water by trapping the humidity in the air and turning it into water. Read it here: “Advert turns air into drinking water.“