Save Water, Save Lives
As safe water supplies deplete, wars loom
Water is life
It’s hard to imagine any form of life capable of surviving without water. However, it’s not hard to imagine what will happen to our species without water.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. There is, in fact, lots of water on earth. But think of the number of bodies of water that have become undrinkable overtime (disregarding the percentage that is naturally undrinkable). Now think of the number that have done the reverse and become drinkable again.
We have done serious, undeniable harm to our liquid lifeline. We’ve reached a point where we can identify several potential triggers for collapse.
I’ve laid one out for us to explore. Just for the ‘fun’ of it. This fun was inspired by a July 2016 National Geographic article by Laura Parker, What You Need to Know About the World’s Water Wars.
Depressing prediction: Land will dry up because we pumped too much water out of the earth.
We will have pumped water out of the ground to irrigate agricultural land and as a consequence, our planet is faced with a clean water crisis.
Areas first affected by shortages will have displaced people searching for water sources.
This burdens society with climate refugees causing an economic crisis, political instability, and the possibility of an eventual civil war.
Prices of food and clean water will skyrocket, and the poor will starve first.
People are dying from thirst. Water is life.
We quickly need to change. We need to protect our water. We need to ameliorate our planets finite resources. Society needs to change more rapidly.
But can we? Are we aware and resilient enough to adapt in time?
Can we use awesome technology to irrigate more efficiently?
Can we use vertical farming techniques which require less water?
Can we, for the love our species and all other lifeforms, stop buying products that deplete our super-incredible, imperfect but still perfect planet?!
Yes, we can!
Stop eating animals when we don’t have to — by the way, ‘when’ refers to pretty much always. Continuing to breed, medicate and manufacture nature so our that our planet can maintain its current rate of consumption bankrupts our ecosystems. Our ecosystems are the parts of the planet responsible for creating an environment suitable for human life. Putting it bluntly and redundantly, ecosystems are very very very important.
If you searched up this article, then I’m probably preaching to the choir. If you reading this because you made a wrong turn on the internet and you don’t understand the impact our diet has on the planet, then I want to give you an extra big thank you for making it this far. Being told to change your diet to improve the condition of our habitat is tough to swallow. But I offer up a fact to help wash it down. Did you know, to produce 1 pound of beef, it takes 2,500 gallons of water?
If that number is substantial enough to cause you to flinch, can you please explore your curiosity/doubt/disbelief by conducting a Google investigation? (Share all interesting findings in the comment section please!)
Get Comfortable With Striving Towards A Goal That Can Never Be Fully Achieved
Sustaining our planet is a never-ending quest. We can never actually attain a state of sustainability. It’s like trying to reach infinity. But don’t give up hope because there is a reward for getting closer to infinity. The reward is that the planet can serve our needs so we can continue to thrive as a species and survive with relative ease.
Such a reward is not a reward that we can touch, hoist or show off. It’s the type of reward that you just have to have faith in. Live a lifestyle more in harmony with nature and the world will embrace your place in it. Putting your faith towards helping nature’s undisrupted course is both fulfilling and liberating.
Every journey towards a sustainable lifestyle is unique. Often the hardest part is getting started. If you’re struggling to start, I have a suggestion. Start by buying fewer animal products, subsequently decreasing global water consumption, and slowing the depletion of fresh water supplies.
The less water we consume, the more water we preserve, the more resources there are to share, the more civil wars can be avoided, the more lives will be saved.
Water is life.