Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Discussing renewable and nonrenewable resources in class brought to mind a series of articles written in the Charlotte Observer about the Catawba River. The articles feature the river as one of the hardest working rivers in the country and as a river at risk. This article showcases the amazing capacity humans have to change the world around them and stresses the importance of thinking of our impact on the Catawba as a big picture...or as a system. Not being from this area I had no idea of the history or the current state of this river. It is pretty amazing, and these articles really exemplify how we are being personally impacted by the need for systems thinking. This also shows how intimately related the economy, the ecology, and the society of this region are when focusing on the Catawba. These are definitely worth reading.