“The war on water will make the war on oil look like child’s play.” I heard Allan Savory speak these words at the 2014 Permaculture Voices Conference & visions of what a war on water might look like flooded my mind.
For years, the UN has been warning us that we need to take action to reduce stress on our water sources. If we don’t, water shortages could result in conflict & civilsational threats (which we’re already seeing), & could affect up to 5 billion people by 2050. And we all know too well what resource shortages bring — they bring unnecessary suffering, poverty, violence, & war.
But we don’t need to make the same mistakes that led to the oil crisis, bc there is nothing inevitable about oil or water shortages. We’ve created these shortages, and we can prevent them. Scarcity, suffering, poverty, & war are man-made.
Human beings don’t need to be a detriment to the environment, & modern civilization has all the tools & resources needed to be the opposite of that. Instead of harming the planet, we can be the most positive force on the planet. We can operate in harmony with nature, contribute to a healthy environment, & create abundance for everyone. And the best part is, each of us has a crucial role to play. You & your actions matter.
Here are some ways you can help protect our water:
The agricultural sector has a tremendous impact on water sources, & they’ll move towards sustainable agricultural solutions when you use your voice & vote (ballot & $) to insist they do so. Remember: every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want. Spend wisely.
You can also take small actions day-to-day (collectively big actions) like using less plastic, using recycled paper products (tp, paper towels, printer paper, etc.), & buying nontoxic products including clothing, cosmetics, detergent — all things that end up in our oceans & landfills.
Don’t let Allan Savory’s words hold true. Together we can create a new wave of being that loves & protects our precious water sources. Together we can prevent unnecessary conflict & suffering.
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