A Crash Course in United States Surface and Groundwater Rights

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“Who owns the water?” is not a question you may have asked yourself. However, this is not a new question for many, and there is some legal framework, however arbitrary it may be, to address it. Usage and misusage of water upstream can have lasting effects on areas downstream, and…

The Growing Cost of Climate Change

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The Making of a Nightmare

In late January of 2019, the jet stream lost control of the polar vortex, bringing previously unseen temperatures and precipitation over most of North America. As warmer air disrupted the frigid arctic air, this massive wave of heavy wind and subzero temperatures leeched south and brought rivers and streams to…

A Prompted Poem on Resilience

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what is resilience but rapid recovery
bouncing back full swing after catastrophe

it speaks of longevity with a youthful nature
to be able to restore such majestic grandeur

our planet is resilient in spite of our desires
to bend the very world as a plaything of ours

it will be…

Denialism and Dismissal are Getting Tired

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Why are we still doing this? Seems the worse the problem gets, the more energy is spent on denying it. As I’m writing this, it strikes me that this situation is a lot like the stages of grief… diluted across the people of the world.

Some of us deny the…

A Prompted Poem on Resistance

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ripped from our home,
they move earth to get rid of us

we exist

they poison us,
bury us under tons of concrete and metal

we resist

biding our time,
we gather our resources

we persist

we break free of our prison,
done with hiding

we desist

we attack from…

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I wrote a poem in a garden bathed in diffuse light.
The buzzing and clicking of the insects filled the air as birds chimed in with their occasional chirps.

I wrote a poem in a garden that breathed inspiration. …

You Continue Running from Your Home

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Neon blue goop was slobbered all over everything beneath your shin, and you’re pretty sure the envelope gave you a papercut.

The pain was unbearable.

You kick the envelope aside as you attempt to run down the hallway…

A Prompted Limerick on Goop

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To strengthen a forest by water,
you’ll need a riparian buffer.
While technically just
a transition of such,
I’m picturing spreadable butter.

While this limerick was directed by the prompt goop from Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她), it was inspired by this brief back-and-forth I had with “@a_gneiss_birb” on Twitter, which…

A Prompted Poem on Appreciating the Small Things

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Take a breath.

It’s not something
we think about
all that often.

The air rushes in.

That cool flow
of our atmosphere
fills our lungs.

25,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules.

About a fifth
of that necessary
for our survival.

Tiny little Oxygen.

Each less than
a nanometer across,
but so important.

Take some…

Why I can’t wait to play Dungeons and Dragons

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I may have never played it
But the thought makes me fidget
I think it sounds so cool
To fight water monsters in a pool
(Maybe even Lo Mein
Could be their bane)

It sounds awesome as a DM
(Could be me, hem hem)
When I am one
There should be a horse…

Adam Deitsch

Adam is an Environmental Science student and Climate Speaker. He’s is a contributing author for several Medium publications, and founder of Just The Recipe.

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