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October 16, 2007 am31 6:57 am

I committed weeks ago to blogging on the environment today, but so far, zippo.

I notice that Fred Klonsky wrote early – he treats the war as an environmental issue. Nice one. He’s right.

And I am writing late. School is on my mind.

I want to write about schools full of asbestos.
About abatement,
about releasing fibers into the air.

I want to write about schools in old factories,
Most of the toxic chemicals gone –
But a little bit left.

I want to write about stress
induced by overcrowding  –
3500 students in space for 2000.

I want to write about “rubber rooms”
detention centers
with bad air and exposed wiring.

I understand that other parts of the environment are flashier.
I understand why people might look at the picture of a walrus and not a teacher,
or a receding glacier, not an exposed pipe.

But for NYC teachers, the environment we work in is a problem, too. The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2007 am31 6:52 am 6:52 am

    After someone linked me for participating in the Blog Action Day, i had no choice but to contribute a piece, but i understand why you’re not that enthused with writing anything at this point.

    Sorry to hear about the loss.

    Peace …

  2. October 17, 2007 am31 7:06 am 7:06 am

    Well, I did write something, it just wasn’t much (see above).

    And “sorry about the loss” confused me. It was expected, and quickly forgotten.

    I’ve got a low pd helicopter circling, spotlight on. The lights aren’t directed here, but I’m at the fringe of the circle, and am picking up the rotor’s echo, hard and low, a little better than once a minute. Disconcerting.

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