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Keeping Each Other Well by Elizabeth Terp RN
Each other includes each ‘other’ in the World
Daily, worldwide accounts of the estimated 1.8 billion people who are still drinking unsafe water include US citizens, not just people in Africa, India and other third world countries. Both our Southwest and Southeast are competing with irrigation, landscaping, and swimming pool draws that com- promise our drinking water.
Here in New England, and espe- cially New Hampshire, abun- dantly flowing brooks and rivers can easily mesmerize us into thinking that we have an endless supply of water. The reality we need to grasp is that we will be called on to share some of our water with the rest of the world. The question is: will we be able to share our water equitably and avoid the predicted World War III, the Water War?
Subsidiaries like Poland Spring are gradually draining the aquifers in water-rich pockets of the US to sell bottled water at 10,000 times the cost of perfect- ly safe tap water. By selling us something most of us don’t even need except in emergencies or
when traveling in uncertain places, private water companies make huge profits. People trash 75 percent of the bottles; only 25% are recycled.
Landowners, tricked into selling their land, realize their demise too late. Lovewell’s Pond in Fryeburg, ME is fed by the Ward’s Brook Aquifer that Poland Spring draws from. The pond is now much lower and covered with green scum (cyanobacteria) since Poland Spring’s pumping station went in. Townspeople worry that their main source for water will dry up.
Nestlé Waters bought Poland Spring in 1992. Swiss based Nestle owns 72 brands of bot- tled waters in 38 countries and is the largest food company in the world, according to Tom Bearden, News Hour correspon- dent. There is something wrong with this equation. Do we want water to be privatized, rather than recognized as a human right?
Many of us maintain a frenzy of activity in pursuit of the American dream, or just trying to stay connected to others amidst constant new technology updraft. We are often too dis-
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tracted or exhausted to pay attention to corporate America’s inroads on our basic rights.
Time to turn a bald eye on our priorities. Safe drinking water will hopefully head the list. Without safe water, there is no life. Water, food, and energy do have a pecking order. Once we have our priorities straight, decisions about pesticides, fer-
tilizers, plumbing, wastewater treatment, GMO seeds, live- stock, irrigation, dams, energy, products, …, all fall into place.
Every ‘other’ person in the world is us. Now to treat us well….
Elizabeth Terp draws on her experiences as a School Nurse- Teacher, Psychiatric Nurse
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Turning off the power by Beth Weick
Our energy use – in terms of electric kilowatts - is rising. While our solar panels do gener- ate power thanks to sunny days, we’re also drawing power from the grid. Each month I monitor the kilowatt hours used from both sources as a mechanism to understand our seasonal trends and energy dependencies here at D Acres. And this past month surprised me just a bit.
We could pat ourselves on the back and say that, nevertheless, the many residents of D Acres are only using the output typical of an average family. And, yes, there are a myriad of seasonal explanations that make the month of March energy inten- sive: numerous grow lights, for one example. But both those statements are false comfort.
Program Grant Now Available Trails ic Farm &
Development Aimed at Creating Rural Ecological Society
We want to be proactive models.
Consequently, the numbers have sparked personal examination. What are our own habits? Our preferred conveniences? Our energy addictions?
do our personal choices inter- sect with group uses? Ultimately, the quantity of power used or not used here at D Acres is a reflection of our collective body. No one of us can stand apart.
What are we doing about it? For one, our response is that of renewed vigilance. Turning off appliances such as printers and computers when not in use, leaving no lights on if a room is exited, transitioning young plants to greenhouse space as quick as possible. These details reflect our habits; being present for our own reflexive actions is simple to write and more chal- lenging to enact.
The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Trails announces that the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applications are now available. RTP is a compet- itive grant program that offers funding for quality public trail projects throughout New Hampshire.
Grants are available for motor- ized, non-motorized and diver- sified trails. Eligible projects include maintenance and restoration of existing trails, purchase and lease of trail con- struction and maintenance equipment, construction of new trails, development and rehabil-
itation of trailside and trailhead facilities, trail linkages, and acquisition of easements or property for trails.
may be non-profit organiza- tions, private groups or govern- ment entities.
Funding for this grant round is limited more than years past. Project requests must be a mini- mum of $3,000, and maximum of $20,000. Application dead- line is June 8th, 2012 at 4pm.
Funding for the Recreational Trail Program is generated from federal gas tax dollars paid on fuel purchases for off-highway recreational vehicles and snow- mobiles. These funds are appro- priated to the states by the
Practitioner, Yoga Instructor and Home Health Nurse. She wel- comes your comments at PO Box 547, Campton, NH 03223, e-mail: email@example.com
, or her Keeping Each Other Well Blog: http://elizabethterp.word- press.com
. Her book, Forget That Diet And Eat What You Need: The Tao of Eating, is available locally and on line.
Conscientiousness is an ongo- ing process.
In regards to the larger picture of organizational energy uses, our discussions are considering the following energy saving strategies: computer free days? No power during daylight hours? Blackout days?
So here we go.
Sunday will be our first “power down” day. With a generator ready to provide water if needed for guests or visitors, we will turn the power off for the day- light hours. No lights, no com- puters, no shop tools. In what terms will we consider our experience? A burden?
Can we create new habits for ourselves?
As an adventure? An inconvenience?
This is a modest beginning. With refreshed motivation and each other for continued inspi- ration, we aspire to restructure our schedules and our expecta- tions. No doubt it will be a process of adaptation, and of evolution – but are these ideas not synonymous with daily rev- olution? And so we embark on the transform
2012 Recreational Trails Program Grant Now Available______ 2012 Recreational
Federal Highway Administration as authorized through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA- LU) of 2005. The program in New Hampshire is administered by the Bureau of Trails.
The Bureau of Trails is one of four bureaus in the Division of Parks and Recreation.
The Division is comprised of the Parks Bureau, Bureau of Historic Sites, Bureau of Trails, and Cannon Mountain. The Division manages 92 properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, trails, waysides, and natural areas. The Division of Parks and Recreation is one of four divi- sions of the Department of Resources and Economic Development.
To learn more, visit www.nhstateparks.org
or call 603/271-3556.
Born at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Owen James Randall was born on April 9, 2012. Owen’s par- ents are Deborah Chase & Derek Randall of Wentworth, NH. Congratulations to the fam- ily!
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