Good morning! 🙂 I have so much to tell you about! These last two weeks have been incredibly busy, thus only now are you hearing about my adventures. three weeks ago I went on a trip back to Arizona to see my friends who were graduating high school. Just in case you didn’t remember, I lived in Arizona for three years for the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade. While there I founded some of the rare friendships that last a lifetime, so I felt compelled to be there to support them during such a momentous milestone. Aside from the actual graduation ceremony, I spent as much time as possible just catching up with friends and enjoying the valley sun. The weather there was a stunning 40 degrees Celsius with blue skies everyday! I forgot how beautiful the city of Chandler is with its palm trees and extensive landscaped golf courses. However, this actually may be the state’s tragic flaw.
The beautiful grass and flowers need extensive and constant irrigation; the water is being pumped in from the Colorado River. The tragedy of this is that the available water supplies are declining exponentially, and this is evidenced by simply looking at the water rationing in California who also draw on the Colorado River. These are only two of the seven states that rely on this river, so the future is just as uncertain in Arizona as it is in California (Acuna, Burke). Being aware of these current events may not seem important to us in Canada, as we have the Great Lakes for our fresh water which is a seemingly unlimited supply. However, we need to pay attention and understand that we must take care of the resources we have and to avoid abusing them, so we can ensure a secure and sustainable future.
Aside from the potential water rationing in Arizona I had an amazing time and it was worth every penny 🙂 Here are some pictures from my trip ..!
P.S. Read more about the water crisis here.