Prevent further damage to our imperiled springs


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Dr. Knight paints a grim picture for the future of our springs.  Our current leadership gives lip service but continues to allow their slow but steady destruction.  After they are gone our leaders may hear his message.

Read the complete article here in the Gainesville Sun.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
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Prevent further damage to our imperiled springs

By Dr. Robert Knight

Sunday June 21 2020

Special to The Sun

Science tells us that it has been about 4.5 billion years since the Earth cooled from a cloud of primordial gases. Earliest life appeared on this rocky planet sometime after the appearance of liquid water — about 3.5 billion years ago.

The first humans came into the picture less than 2 million years ago.

Earth has always had ups and downs – volcanoes, comet strikes, ice ages and extinctions. These cataclysmic events came and went, and each time nature established a new harmony and stability. Life on Earth was humming along just fine, as evidenced by millions of plant and animal species that were in balance, air not sullied by smog, and waterways and oceans free of plastic and other pollutants.

The first sign of people living in this land we call Florida was less than 30,000 years ago. For most of that time humans and their environment were compatible.

Less than 200 years ago, Florida entered the industrial age. This era, which placed environmental protection in direct conflict with the interests of profit, resulted in the widespread damage of our shared ecosystems.

Within that mere instant of geologic time, old growth forests were logged, natural wildlife food chains were eliminated and waterways were despoiled. How quickly life can change.

The last five months should be a wake-up call. In response to the proliferation of people worldwide, the simplest form of life – a virus – has infected millions and exposed the fragility of our society’s economic house of cards.

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