You must understand the water

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And then, there was our water, the creek: a ma a wa ya.

What a wonder now: The native fish have returned to the creek.

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You see, everyone said it would never happen. A megadrought has about the same chance of happening as the Chicago Cubs making it into the World Series, they said. It’ll never happen. The news reports about climate change came like tourists, and we just acknowledged them; tried to tolerate their inconvenience to our roads and lives, but we didn’t really pay attention.

The temperatures rose. The warnings kept coming. The Paris climate summit agreed that if temperatures went beyond 1.5C or 2 degrees Celsius, we would have set in motion a chain of events from CO2 and methane emissions that we could not survive, and yet we arrived at 1.5 degrees higher in the fall of 2016, and it didn’t even make the headlines.

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The creek the water. You must understand the water. You must understand our watershed. The Cherokee warned us.

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They mock me. Grandpa, you burned toxic fossil fuels, even though you knew it had a huge health and environmental cost and produced the highest CO2 emissionsand you knew Germany and Scotland and Denmark already had 100% renewable energy regions? You imported 90% of your food in Boone? You couldn’t even eat the fish in your river because of mercury and other problems?

Grandma said you ate asparagus imported from Chile? And tomatoes picked by cheap moncler jackets the hands of a 7 year old migrant worker in Mexico?

Yes, yes yesbut we changed. Thanks to the “great crisis,” the great drought and fire. And thanks to Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.

We were standing in line for rations you see the fire had knocked out the roads of commerce, the food stores. And these women were smiling, just buy moncler jackets beaming. They didn’t need rations. They brought boxes of food from a farm. And so did another man, and the folks from the Food Hub and the Gardens at Hospitality House, and then App State students arrived with load after load. And then, Miriam Alarcon from la tienda arrived and said, ellos tienen que comer. I will make tamales. And the Farm Caf, we’ll help cook. And we’ll do it for free.

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