Imagine waking up to a world changed overnight, where your morning glass of water becomes impossible to find and expensive to buy because of a sudden shortage of water… a world without water, a frightening concept indeed. But, it’s not really a foreign concept to us is it. We’ve known for a while now that this will happen, but we’ve pushed it out of sight and out of mind. Okay okay, the world wont exactly change overnight, but let’s face the facts, it won’t be long before water becomes scarcer. Sorry folks, but our water supply is running out.

According with an article in The Toronto Star (via Twitter), the slowly decreasing water supply could be used as a weapon in future wars. What’s heartbreaking is that “the use of water as a weapon of war or a tool of terrorism will become more likely … in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa”(The Toronto Star: ©2012). With their dire political and socio-economic problems, they don’t need any more problems right now.

“It [the report] says floods, scarce and poor quality water, combined with poverty, social tension, poor leadership and weak governments will contribute to instability that could lead the failure of numerous states.” (The Toronto Star: ©2012)

It makes me wonder about how Canada will deal with this impending conflict…

We in the west are rather spoilt; we control most of the fresh water supply and yet we squander it as if it is no big deal. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but it is. We fail to think of those who wait in lines for a bucket of water every day while we turn the faucet on, having fresh running water available to us whenever we want. It’s so normal to us. But, as dismal as this sounds, this false sense of security will crumble. It’s scary to think of a society drastically different from our own. But to be honest, it seems to me that the future is going to be unstable and volatile. Don’t you think so?



3 thoughts on “H2O”

  1. Just read ‘Who’s Crisis? Who’s Future’ by Susan George. Her comments on water insecurity make for some scary reading, how the 1% of water that is fresh and available on the planet will not only be under threat from other thirsty nations, but big corporations looking to capitalise on the ultimate product: limited, irreplaceable and essential.

    1. How very scary indeed. We are definitely heading towards a tumultuous and unstable future regarding most of the things we take for granted. I definitely want to read this book now. Thank you for the share!

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