For our show on Monday April 11th, four University of Kansas students, Sophia Pascente, Kaci Zarek, Lauren Stallings and Neal Niceswanger, have prepared our episode about our depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer – water essential to agricultural, municipal and industrial development. Stretching from western Texas to South Dakota, underlying approximately 225,000 square miles of the Great Plains, the Ogallala Aquifer supports nearly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton and cattle produced in the United States. Approximately 30 percent of all groundwater used for irrigation in America is drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer. At this point, the rate we use it is evidently too much. Now what do we do?
We at EcoRadio KC are glad to encourage awareness and protection of our world. Our goal is to assure our listeners are aware of how we can create a sustainable present for a sustainable future!
“It was through her actions of reciprocity, the give and take with the land, that the original immigrant became indigenous. For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children’s future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
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