OH WATER WHERE ART THOU?


Smoke filled skies

“Water, not unlike religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to water. People move when there is too little of it; people move when there is too much of it. People move on it. People write and sing and dance and dream about it. People fight over it. And everybody, everywhere and every day, needs it. We need water for drinking, for cooking, for washing, for food, for industry, for energy, for transport, for rituals, for fun, for life. And it is not only we humans who need it; all life is dependent upon water for its very survival.” ~ Mikhail Gorbachev ~

This is what the skies looked like today over the much of the southland. Brush fires in February? Doesn’t bode well at all for us here in the LA basin. We need water and lots of it.

January 2006 was the warmest January on record for a number of cities throughout the world. So much hype over “peak oil” what about “peak water?” Water is definitely more valuable than oil. One can survive without a supply of oil, of course, our lifestyle will be drastically altered. But without water?  Water gives life to all living things.  The shortage of “liquid gold” is much scarier than that of “black gold.”

1. Water is nature’s giftWe receive water freely from nature. We owe it to nature to use this gift in accordance with our sustenance needs, to keep it clean and in adequate quantity. Diversions that create arid or waterlogged regions violate the principles of ecological democracy.

2. Water is essential to lifeWater is the source of life for all species. All species and ecosystems have a right to their share of water on the planet.

3. Life is interconnected through waterWater connects all beings and all parts of the planet through the water cycle. We all have a duty to ensure that our actions do not cause harm to other species and other people.

4. Water must be free for sustenance needsSince nature gives water to us free of cost, buying and selling it for profit violates our inherent right to nature’s gift and denies the poor of their human rights.Water is limited and exhaustible if used nonsustainably. Nonsustainable use includes extracting more water from ecosystems than nature can recharge (ecological nonsustainability) and consuming more than one’s legitimate share, given the rights of others to a fair share (social nonsustainability).

6. Water must be conservedEveryone has a duty to conserve water and use water sustainably, within ecological and just limits.

7. Water is a commonsWater is not a human invention. It cannot be bound and has no boundaries. It is by nature a commons. It cannot be owned as private property and sold as a commodity.

8. No one holds a right to destroyNo one has a right to overuse, abuse, waste, or pollute water systems. Tradable-pollution permits violate the principle of sustainable and just use.

9. Water cannot be substitutedWater is intrinsically different from other resources and products. It cannot be treated as a commodity.

{Nine principles of water courtesy of“Water Wars” by Vandana Shiva }

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  1. Dewayne Mikkelson says:

    I am checking out this “Water Wars” even as I type. Thanks for sharing that information with all of us!

  2. gerry medland says:

    ‘Water Wars’ is an empowering read!Thanx for sharing such valuable information!

  3. Anais says:

    Glad you found the article informative. I am afraid that clean, drinking water for people and plants will be harder to come by very soon.

    This crisis is being overshadowed by subjest such as peak oil and bird flu.

    It’s time to take notice.