Blog Action Day 2010 - Dry Run

by: Heather on 10/15/2010
Posted in: Activism

Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world's blogging community in an effort to raise awareness and generate discussion about a particular topic of far-reaching global consequence. This year's issue is water, specifically the water issues facing our planet.

In Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis, Jerry Yudelson delivers a wake up call to North America, reminding us that water issues aren't limited to "somewhere else", and that we need to take steps here and now to avert serious future consequences. He writes:

Water, soil and civilization have been intricately intertwined since the dawn of time. The ancient great civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia and India relied on strict social controls over water to promote a productive irrigated agriculture. With the exception of Egypt, all early civilizations disappeared because of their misuse of water and soil; for millennia in Egypt, the annual Nile flood brought new topsoil to agriculture along the lower Nile Valley. In the United States, westward migration brought about a loss of topsoil, as farming took over the fertile prairie grasslands. The Dust Bowl era of the 1930s, a time of record droughts that led to massive dust storms, from which soil from the Midwest blew onto the steps of the US Capitol in 1935, brought about new laws and a new ethos of soil conservation that began to reclaim the productivity of the land. To live sustainably in North America, we must relearn the lessons of every civilization: a country that destroys its soil and degrades its water resources is slowly committing environmental, economic and social suicide.

We need to relearn the lesson that all water is precious, and to balance our water use with our available resources, first and foremost through conservation, but also by developing new water reuse and supply technologies.

Peak water may well turn out to dwarf peak oil as the critical issue of our time.

Dry Run

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