Subtitle of the new book by Seamus McGraw is Making of the American Water Crisis. McGraw turns his curiosity and storytelling skills to focus on Texas, where he says every aspect of water use, issues, needs and potentials are in play.
From a state he says is more like an Empire, where multiple desert climates overlay multiple aquifers, where water use planning and water rights laws still work in a form of frontier justice - what can we learn about how diverse interests might cooperate to equitably manage what all parties need? Water is life, but can people work out ways to share it?
Left Bank Books, STL's premier independent bookseller, will host Seamus McDaniel on May 1 for a reading and book-signing. A Thirsty Land (2018) comes from University of Texas Press.
Music: Cadillac Desert performed live at KDHX by William Tyler
THANKS to Dan Waterman and Andy Coco, engineering this edition of Earthworms.
Related Earthworms Conversations: Water Issues - Meddling, Muddling, Advocacy (Dec 2017)
Mississippi River Infrastructure Investment Plan (April 2017)
The 2016 book Climate of Hope conveys a broad, powerfully encouraging view from a longtime environmental champion, Carl Pope - former Sierra Club national Director - and his co-author Michael Bloomberg, philanthropist and former Mayor of New York.
This report on civic, economic, business and cultural alliances proclaims what Pope calls "Bottom-Up Climate Progress" even as U.S. federal leadership rolls back climate protections. Pope's perspective aims to foster citizen engagement and especially locally-based actions to boost clean energy and curb climate disrupting emissions from many sources.
Carl Pope comes to St. Louis on Monday April 23, as Keynote Speaker for the Saint Louis University Climate Summit.
Music: Cadillac Desert, performed live at KDHX by William Tyler
THANKS to Dan Waterman and Andy Coco. engineering for Earthworms
Related Earthworms Conversations: Project DRAWDOWN (March 2018)
Dr. Peter Raven, Science advisor to Papal Academy and Climate Encyclical (June 2015)
David and the Giant Mailbox: Climate Conversations (December 2015)
Caring for our planet is fun when St. Louis Earth Day's intrepid crew leads the action!
On April 21-22 the 29th annual Earth Day Festival will fill the sunny, leafy environs around The Muny in our town's Forest Park with learning, music, food, people-watching and you-can-do options for all ages. Free and fabulous, this event is one of the largest Earth Day festivals on the planet!
The non-profit hosts of this Green gala also coordinate waste-reducing services year-round, from Recycling Extravaganza's annual spring-cleaning support to Recycling On The Go teams that bring food waste composting, single-stream recycling and public education to festivals of all kinds.
Check out volunteer opportunities with St. Louis Earth Day - they are rewarding, impactful and always well organized!
Thanks to Jen Myerscough, St. Louis Earth Day Executive Director, and Bob Henkel, who heads up Recycling On The Go, for joining this Earthworms edition.
Music: Extremist Stomp, performed live at KDHX by Pokey LaFarge and Ryan Spearman
THANKS to Andy Coco, engineering Earthworms this week with assistance from Dan Waterman.
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