Blue Gold: The Value of Water
As I’ve previously posted, I am a big advocate for Charity: Water, an organization that works to establish wells in the developing world in order to supply clean water to thousands of people across the globe. Every $4,000-$12,000 raised enables the organization to dig a well that will provide clean water to hundreds of people for approximately 20 years. Access to that simple resource helps to alleviate disease, famine, and conflict. Water, in my opinion, is a basic human right in this level of civilization, we only need to mobalize our resources in order to end thirst across the world.
Although the following video appears to be a bit heavy on the scare tactics, it is evident that the environmental implications of desertification is an issue that demands greater attention. As a result of climate change, desertification is on the rise throughout much of the world and as a result water – primarily in those locations, but subsequently across the world – will become a prescious commodity. As the U.N. reports:
With 200 million people projected to become environmentally-induced migrants by 2050, land degradation threatens national and regional stability, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking the World Day to Combat Desertification.
One-third of the Earth’s surface is affected by desertification, endangering the livelihoods and development of up to 1 billion people…
International award-winning documentary narrated by Malcolm McDowell, based on the book Blue Gold, hailed the ‘Real Quantum of Solace’. Global Warming is an issue of ‘how’ we live, the water crisis is an issue of ‘if’ we live.