Water – the real crisis facing us

A man in the woods was so focused on looking down to make sure there were no snakes in his path, that he didn’t notice the huge black bear that had quietly walked up behind him. The moral of the story: don’t become so focused on the day-to-day minutiae that you fail to see the bigger picture. We here in the U.S. have become so obsessed with the snakes in our government that we have not paid as much attention as we ought to the bear that is creeping none-too-gently into our midst. Our friend Keith, who I admire for his ability to step back and look at the bigger picture, has written an excellent post about a looming crisis that threatens the entire planet: water. Please take a minute to read Keith’s post and think about this, for potable water and clean air are the two basic requirements for all life, plant and animal. Thank you, Keith, for reminding us that there are bigger crises in this world than the bureaucratic jungle.

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While Americans are distracted and consumed by the routine chaos out of the White House, we are letting huge problems go unaddressed. One of the major problems is the current and growing global water crisis. For several years, the World Economic Forum has voted the global water crisis as the greatest risk facing our planet over the longer term, defined as ten years. But, this is not just a future problem, the city of Cape Town in South Africa is in severe water crisis and continues to ration pushing forward their Day Zero as long as they can

Per The Guardian in an article this week, the United Nations warns that water shortages “could affect 5 billion people by 2050 due to climate change, increased demand and polluted supplies, according to a UN report on the state of the world’s water. The comprehensive annual study warns of conflict and…

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7 thoughts on “Water – the real crisis facing us

  1. Maxim: “great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” I suppose one could add, great minds discuss problems with the goal being proposing and finding real solution.

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