"Billions of people are vulnerable to water scarcity and deteriorating water quality. What's the solution? Step up water cooperation!
2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation. See the full infographic created by our United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) colleagues here:http://ow.ly/hBMYY"
This winter of February 2013 a record snowstorm hit much of the Northeast region of North America. It reminded me of the 1979 blizzard that paralyzed much of the middle of this continent. I was living in Chicago suburbs at the time. We spent much of that winter shoveling snow and scrapping ice off house & car windows. Seven feet (2 meters) fell that season, 2 feet (.6 meters) in one memorable day. City workers couldn't shovel out stranded cars that were left under humongous snowbanks all winter. The mayor lost her job over this issue. Afterwards, some residents wore T-shirts that read: "I survived the Blizzard of '79!".
When you think about excess and scarcity, nothing is more critical to living things than the compound we call water, which turns to ice and snow or steam, depending on climate change. Weather can be predicted but not controlled.
We all have a responsibility to insure that we keep this essential to life, water, available and usable, through cooperative management. All people know this. Corporate attempts to privatize and usurp water rights for profit are met with fierce public opposition. The protest of the people of Chocabamba, Bolivia, is a classic example. Another growing problem is the role of fracking to extract deep veins of fossil fuel reserves. Deep drilling can pollute deep water reserves. What's more important, feeding our fuel addiction or our need for clean water? These issues will not go away. They are too important to all of us.
UNESCO represents an international cooperative attempt to manage issues like this. UN Agencies like UNESCO need our support. The quote at the beginning of this article was posted on Facebook 2/12/13 to remind us of the role of water to life.