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Human Estuaries: Your Body is a Body of Water   Leave a comment

When we stop defining ourselves as other than nature, we will change our priorities and protect ourselves. Check out my article and stay tuned for the next community conversation hosted by Urban Wilderness Project!

Your Body is a Body of Water by Jourdan Keith — YES! Magazine

Nov 14, 2012 … A storyteller asks what you’d do if you knew your body was part of the water web.

You are a body of water.
If you knew this, would you protect yourself?
The water in your body is part of the water cycle and connected to every other body of water.
If you knew this, would you want to protect all the bodies of water on the planet?

I would ask my father this, if he were still alive, if his internal environment had not been polluted by the tributaries of toxins that flowed into his six-foot frame.

Standing in his hospital room, he handed me a note the doctor gave him, a small piece of white paper with the risk factors for his cancer. It was a checklist: saccharin in the products he used because he was a diabetic, asbestos in his childhood home and workplace, the cigarettes he’d quit smoking decades earlier, and the chlorinated tap water he drank for over 40 years. Looking up at him I said, “Well, you didn’t miss a beat.”

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/its-your-body/your-body-of-water/

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Posted April 16, 2013 by Jourdan Keith in Uncategorized