One of our current juniors has been involved in a great project to try to bring water to the people of the Azawak region in Africa. Last year she showed us this video, which shows just how severe the water shortage is in some places of the world. She is working with Amman Imman, an organization endeavoring to set up boreholes, sophisticated wells that access the cleaner water underground, in the areas that need them the most.
I had forgotten just how sad and shocking this video was until I watched it for a second time. This is not just one small, isolated village, it is hundreds of thousands of people who do not know if they will be able to get the water that they need in order to survive. These people are grateful if they get to drink liquidy mud, something that none of us would even think of putting anywhere near our mouths. Rain, which is just an inconvenience to us as we go about our lives, is what their lives depend on. Imagine what it would be like if your life depended on something as fickle as the weather.
And the worst part is, their situation is getting more severe, not easing. They are the ones who are feeling the effects of climate change, something that to us is just a distant idea that does not have a direct impact on us. We are the ones who are poisoning the planet with our factories and cars and wasteful lifestyles, and yet the people of the Azawak are paying for it. So let us start taking responsibility for our lifestyles and actions and begin paying back the debt that we have been forcing upon the people of the Azawak.
Amman Imman Website
November 11, 2011
I have written a lot on this blog about how the water shortage affects foreign countries thousands of miles away from us. I thought it was high time for me to show how the water shortage is affecting people here at home in America. We are not immune. Our water supplies are drying up and there is no solution plan in place. It is projected that within the next five years, 36 states will be facing water shortages, which can be exacerbated by unpredictable whims of nature, such as droughts. It is already causing political conflict among the states as they fight over who has what rights to the existing supplies. Some progress is being made towards a solution, but not nearly enough to satisfy rising demands. In this age of fantastic technological advances, I find it somewhat ridiculous that we cannot find better solutions to such a simple, though vast, problem. It is also frustrating to me that instead of focusing their energies on doing what they can to reduce their own water usage, states are squabbling amongst themselves to make sure that they are not the ones who have to deal with less water. If the members of one, supposedly united country cannot share their resources, what does that mean for other countries out there who are struggling with their rivals simply to survive?
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