It is no secret that water is scarce. That people are dying every day because they don’t have enough water. That water right now is far more important than fuel or petrol or carbon or the silverback gorilla.
We have taken water for granted, wasting more each passing moment. Thinking less. Caring little.
As more than 5 million children die per year in India alone because they didn’t get enough water, or got too much polluted water, you throw another bucket of clean water on your newly bought car to wash it clean of some dirt it picked up a half hour ago.
92 million people in India do not have access to clean drinking water, so think twice before you throw away the water in the glass that you couldn’t be bothered to finish.
A UN official recently said that at the rate water is being used, and the mass pollution of all rivers, in 20-25 years 40% of the world’s population will not have access to clean water and one third of the global population will not have access to clean drinking water.
And yet, that leaky faucet isn’t fixed.
“Who could it be hurting?” you’d say.
Well, now you know.
The water situation is a ticking time bomb, and its tick-tock is speeding up. As the world continues doing what it’s doing to water, using it up faster than we are using petrol, polluting all known water bodies, the tick-tock will speed up even faster.
And when you think about it, it’s ironic.
Life started in water. And, now, it will end in it.
We really have come full circle.
So, what can you do? It’s simple
- The next time you find yourself washing your car for the second time in a week, don’t.
- Fix that leaky faucet.
- Don’t take those long baths.
- And all you big industrial giants; make sure you treat that water and not dump it into rivers. Our rivers. Not yours alone.
- Don’t throw away that bucket of water you didn’t need.
- The next time you’re on the banks of the river, or swimming in one, don’t pollute it.
- Don’t waste water while brushing.
- Shave with as little water as needed.
- Don’t keep taps running while doing both.