Our environments have changed with our growing society, and so has our perception of it. We all suppose we live within a healthy eco-system, but starting to become more aware of how easy that can change; although, with new instrument to measure with, and more statistics to follow, we are still blind for the signs.
We heard of the annihilation of the frogs, and the elimination of the Monarch since a long time; with more and more bio-diversity disappearing – as our sub-urban environment are growing: we start to realize that we are also stewarding our own environment within our eco-system.
Therefore it was even more disturbing to read John Seewer’s article 8/4/14 in Miami Herald, ‘Lake Erie’s algae woes began a decade ago’, During the last decade farm runoff and sludge has been building; for that reason algae bloom has also increased: that is “leaving behind toxins that can sicken people and kill pets” he caution us.
The phenomenon is somewhat similar to a fish-tank: only, there you can clean off the algae to benefit the fish. Thus, the message is still the same: overuse of food/fertilizer/nutrition’s are causing trouble. The irresponsible way we are handling material is changing not only the nutritional balance in the soil/water: but in the end also the way we live.
However, when there are changes that makes things better, as when Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden is re-introducing native Orchids in the trees here in Miami; and the relies of the endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly: but are wedoing too little and when is it too late?
The good news is that we are becoming more aware of how both small and big eco-system works, and thereby perhaps we can figure out how to handle also the small issues in the big picture.