Rebecca Solnit has written, “If environmental problems are really cultural problems — about the nature of our desires and perceptions — then a crucial territory to explore or transform is the territory of the mind.”
I heard an NPR segment this morning about one of the myths we tell ourselves about water purity, which is actually counterproductive to our goals of drinking clean, safe water. Here’s a transcript. It’s written by Alix Spiegel.
Yesterday Lily and I went out in a Dredgers canoe.
The tide was pretty high, and the water seemed a bit clearer than usual. Two shrines were completely missing: one of the golden domes and Helen’s felt yurt, and we couldn’t locate Florence’s wire construction. But the first tiny shrine, the lean-to, Helen’s hanging shrine, and the other dome are in good shape! We left several colored bottle caps and some other items and added a few rocks here and there. We saw three cats hanging out by the water, which surprised me!
July 31. Thanks to Ben, Mike, Larsen, Helen, and Florence for coming out!
Larsen’s beautiful map of the Gowanus Shrines, before scanning & photoshop clean up….