Treacherous Beauty: Water Lilies As Harbingers Of Climate Change

January 30, 2017

Water Lilies

Treacherous Beauty: Water Lilies As Harbingers Of Climate Change

Water Lilies

“As children,” Julie Wittes Schlack writes, “we were taught to associate water lilies with polio. Now they signal a different kind of danger.” (Kari Shea)

Treacherous Beauty: Water Lilies As Harbingers Of Climate Change

via Cognoscenti, WBUR

“…we kept our fearful distance from these placid green fronds floating near the shore. The pert white flowers erupting like starbursts screamed danger…Water lilies thrive not just in stagnant waters, but in warming ones. And this summer, the hottest on record, they bloomed with abandon.”

Julie Wittes Schlack writes of her childhood dread of water lilies as sources of disease and misfortune and her gradual realization of their actual ecological connection with climate change.

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