Ecological education: Sewage processing

“The current philosophy of sewage processing in the developed world is based on mechanised treatment on site or centralised processing by sewage farms. both are economically efficient, but ecologically less than perfect, since sewage farms tend to filter out only the solids and the actively-harmful pollutants and leave a high proportion of nitrates, phosphates and ammonia. The result is that rivers become cloudy, less oxygenated and clogged with the algal growth that the enhanced nutrients in the water stimulate, particularly in dry summers. Passing the waste water on to someone else for treatment encourages us polluters, in Prince Charles’s view, to take a ‘flush-and-forget’ attitude to some of the unmentionable things that we put down the drain.” (p.111)

Ref: HRH The Prince of Wales and Charles Clover (1993) Highgrove: Portrait of an Estate. Chapmans Publishers: London

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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