November 3, 2011

In the film, “Live and Become” a nine-year old Ethiopian refugee arrives alone in Israel and is astonished and horrified to see water being wasted in a shower drain.  The scene is arresting, as we understand the distress the panicked young child feels as this most precious resource is squandered.

How many of us think about our privilege of clean fresh water each time we turn on the tap?

Walden installed a rainwater harvesting system on the North Building several months ago.  The demonstration tank fills with hundreds of gallons of water with only half an inch of rain.  After testing for water safety, we expect soon that students will be able to collect the water from the tank for use in our school gardens.  Recently, a plaque describing the tank and its system was installed as a gift from the Class of 2011.  Take a moment to read the inscription and think about the questions posed on the plaque.

“Man is not an aquatic animal, but from the time we stand in youthful wonder beside a Spring brook till we sit in old age and watch the endless roll of the sea, we feel a strong kinship with the waters of this world.”

-Hal Borland (1900-1978), Sundial of the Seasons, 1964

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