Water and the Amazon - the essence of life
- on March 28, 2013
The Amazon, Water, and Education
Many Americans, including myself, had no idea that the Amazon could produce "flying rivers" from the rainforest surrounding the river. The short film below, published today from the BBC, brings out new information.
I wonder if other large river systems, such as the Gambian River in The Gambia, also produce these kinds of "flying rivers" from the nearby trees - in that case, often mangroves.
Maybe that is true also in smaller rivers, such as in Kansas. We really don't know.
How much water means to a community in Africa is shown in the weekly video, "The Week in Africa," from France 24. You should find all of the video interesting - but the way in which good, clean water changes a farming community from Malawi is about halfway through the video which was posted today.
I include this in Healthy Body and Mind, because many young Americans think water comes from a bottle, or from a pipe. They have not begun to realize the real possibilities - what trees can do - so that human beings and animal species can survive. The Amazon, because of the surrounding rainforest, provides much-needed water for most of South America - and much of that water comes from the rainforest.
We should have serious thoughts about destroying the Amazon rainforest - which is now happening - so that crops can be grown where rainforest used to be.
I also think it is time to reorganize well-commons, and include sections such as education, technology and wildlife.