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On one editorial assignment some years back, I was asked to photograph a notable social entrepreneur, Mr S., next to a river (or whatever we can find in Singapore that looked like a river). While I was walking with him to the "river bank", we came across this beautiful and yet ominous algae bloom in a freshwater reservoir.
He took one look and remarked: "This is like our society. The few in power and wealth on top suck everything up, until those at the bottom have nothing."
Mr S. went on to explain what he meant. The algae which bloom profusely in the water blocks sunlight from reaching the water plants below. Unable to photosynthesize, the plants then die en masse. The deluge of carbon dioxide and noxious vapours, from decomposing dead plants and dependent organisms, will eventually wipe out the aquatic ecosystem, including the algae itself.
Keywords: algae, bloom, ecosystem, freshwater, life, malfunction, nature, parody, reservoir, underwater
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