I’ve just been catching up on the week’s news and I audibly (and, it turns out, appropriately) gasped when I read this article in The Guardian about Beijing’s pollution crisis and canned air – or the alternative, bagged mountain air as photographed by Getty here. First we bottle water, now air; we’re running out of natural resources to commodify. Is it just me, or does this read like the opening scene of a really bad post-apocalyptic sci-fi?
In sympathy for the plight of beleaguered Beijing residents and in disbelief at worldwide corporate greed perpetuating the downward spiral of our environment, I’m choosing the theme Clean for this week’s theme. Freshly fallen snow makes everything seem cleaner, turning New York‘s Central Park into a winter wonderland.
It was laundry day when I visited Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. All along the shoreline women were busy scrubbing clothes in the lapping lake waters.
I was sitting on a park bench in Manhattan’s Battery Park when this little bird landed right next to me and proceeded to groom herself. Her antics were so funny I couldn’t stop myself from taking a few photos. She didn’t care; she stayed put until she was nice and clean.
Raindrop-sprinked lilacs in springtime are about the freshest, cleanest scent I know.
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It’s time for some spring cleaning!
Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you see the world. – George Bernard Shaw
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Scientists will eventually stop flailing around with solar power and focus their efforts on harnessing the only truly unlimited source of energy on the planet: stupidity. I predict that in the future, scientists will learn how to convert stupidity into clean fuel. – Scott Adams