During April 2018, we hosted events throughout Earth Month focusing on innovation and new thinking about ‘waste’ and ‘water’! Human beings have done a pretty poor job of messing things up - but that's been the case throughout human history! The lessons from history show humann beings can be amazingly adaptive and inventive. So throughout April we looked at the good, bad and the truly exceptional!
The Awful Truth About Poo...? Watch the recording Here.
Birds do it, bees do it - and every living thing you can think of does it too!
Humans have had a love hate relationship with their bodily functions since we first started congregating together. We've created engineering technologies and sophisticated treatment systems to keep our 'intakes' as far away as possible from our 'outfalls' since the turn of the Nineteenth Century. We've used cess pits, cess pools, street gutters (gare de l'eau!), chamber pots, septics and now some amazing onsite individual systems. But from the first day we praised our babies for 'going' by themselves - we then refuse to talk about this taboo subject again. As a result all kinds of myths and downright whoppers still get circulated. The 'awful truth' is most of this is just human nature - and chemistry and biology. But some of it still carries real risks - join this session and together we'll get to the bottom of things! This also comprises the third opportunity to discuss recently introduced legisaltion aimed at creating a Michigan Statewide Sanitary Code for Onsite Wastewater Systems. A review of the process thus far can be read on our sister web site WasteWaterEducation.info
Lessons Learned. Recovery Earned: The social and economic impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on Island Nations. Watch the Recording Here.
If ever there was a clear and stunning message from Mother Nature it slammed, again and again and again into the Leeward Islands in 2017. Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands on record, followed by Hurricane Maria two weeks later, and is the second-costliest Caribbean hurricane on record, after Maria itself.The storm caused catastrophic damage in Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands causing at least 138 deaths: one in Anguilla; one in Barbados; three in Barbuda; four in the British Virgin Islands; 10 in Cuba; 11 in the French West Indies; one in Haiti; three in Puerto Rico; four on the Dutch side of Saint Maarten; 92 in the contiguous United States, and four in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
What happened? And what has happened since? How does and island nation survive without power, water and wastewater systems?
And how do they get ready for the next time?
Lessons From Leonardo: What Leonardo da Vinci can still teach us about water. Watch the recording here.
On April 24, we invited you to come meet host Jim Lauria.
We can take a page from Leonardo’s relentless curiosity to understand the science of water. After all, 72 pages of the Codex Leicsester, a compilation of Leonardo’s writings, focus primarily on the earth and its waters—730 conclusions about water alone.
Leonardo was fascinated by the properties of water at both the micro and macro level, and accurately described the hydrological cycle—the endless loop of evaporation, condensation and precipitation that binds our global water supply. Five hundred years later, his research still resonates as we struggle to comprehend the future of the world’s water.
If science is the navigation of discovery perhaps Leonardo da Vinci was one of the first pilots.
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