Goodbye and Good luck

Water, The elixir of life. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.

Today is my final posting on The Water Watch. I hope that over the last twelve weeks I have given you many things to think about, and perhaps changed the way you view our most precious resource, fresh water.

 Where to from here?

Have you ever heard the anecdote about how if you place a frog in cold water and slowly heat it, the frog will not jump out, resulting in it being cooked to death? This is often used as a metaphor for humans being complacent to the changes around us, till it becomes too late.

However, it isn’t actually true. Modern experiments have found that the frog would in fact jump out of the water.

If the frog can jump out of the pot of water… surely we can too? Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.

As well as being an interesting trivia fact, I think we can use this story to remind ourselves that it is not too late for human kind. Making changes now is far better than not making them at all.

These don’t even have to be huge changes.

To sum it up…

Water is vital to human survival. Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben puts it very well:

“What these scientists are saying is simple: human ingenuity can turn sand into silicon chips, allowing the creation of millions of home pages on the utterly fascinating World Wide Web, but human ingenuity cannot forever turn dry sand into soil that will grow food.”

Thank you all for reading my blog, it will still be here if you ever need to refer back to it, and I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it!

For all the people who helped me with ideas, inspiration, and moral support (and occasionally harsh criticism!)- Thank you, I couldn’t have done it without you.

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4 responses to “Goodbye and Good luck

  1. That little frog is so cute! I’ve enjoyed your blog tremendously, Katherine. I plan to keep mine going with a post a week, just in case I need the audience for later on.

  2. Thank YOU for inspiring and helping us to understand such a complex topic. I will miss your blog and hopefully we will see a few more posts?

  3. Dunstan

    Thank you very much, such an inspiring an knowledgable blog.

  4. Erin

    Hi Katherine,

    it’s been an interesting and informative blog: thank you for your posts, and for your insights. BTW, you scored a mention in the class newsletter last week.

    Cheers,

    Erin + Emily

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