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October 17, 2021

Water pools but not plants

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Does anyone else recognise the twisted irony inherent in our current water restrictions?

Watering of established gardens or lawns is not permitted. Topping up existing swimming pools is permitted if required, to reduce structural damage.

As I see it, energy-producing, climate-change ameliorating living green matter is being punished for living. On the other hand, the sweet luxury of a human-made pool is lauded for its masterful capital; a condition of neoliberalism. Privilege is as privilege does.

When the time comes for humans to restrict their daily water intake, let’s hope we’ve evolved sufficiently to drink salt or chlorinated water.


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