Response to Water Scarcity Prompt 1

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The ultimate solution to solving the world’s water problem lies in education and/or radical grassroot political change. As of now, many people in developed countries who do not witness the problem firsthand don’t see water as a finite resource and as a result, economic value is not placed on water as it should be. In terms of law-making versus technology, I believe that the law side of dealing with water resources holds more weight so long it is properly enforced. The technological side of water purification and efficient distribution can be viewed as a tool, but without the funding of a law-oriented government system, it does not have the same public effect. Overall, however, water scarcity issues are weighted heavily on money and such law-making methods does not always play out the same way in different countries. Developing countries without the same funding for law enforcement may not experience any sort of change from new policy that passes; when it comes to survival, a law may not hold any weight. Developed countries also tend to neglect water resources and place Christmas shopping and national sports games above water litigation because the former makes more money.

To stop our wasteful use of drinkable water, we must make individual strives to conserve. Without these initial efforts, any extra change will be quite difficult if not hypocritical in nature.

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  1. Hi there! I found your blog pretty interesting and I have to say, I agree with you! I definitely believe that one of the most beneficial things we could do as a society is to educate the people. There needs to be greater amounts of education not only on the issues pertaining to water, but also on how to practice safe water use. Most people in the developed world are aware that there is a finite amount of usable water, but they often times don’t realize just how finite exactly. Moreover, millions of people struggle to get usable or drinkable water everyday in third world nations. I for one was shocked one day in class when I learned that sometimes people in South America actually have to pay for a bucket of water! I have gone over my uses of water and have personally tried to reduce water waste ever since.

  2. While I agree that grassroots efforts are crucial to advancing a movement through participation and raising awareness, I feel that more emphasis should be placed on operations that consume large amounts of high quality drinking water. For example, American agriculture consumes 80% of U.S. water use according to the USDA. That water is federally subsidized which externalizes its cost. In light of this information, it seems like grassroots efforts to conserve water would be a mere drop in the bucket (sorry for the awful pun), but may be able to conserve local groundwater resources.

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