Friday, March 23, 2012


LET US PROTECT WATER RESOURCES - The United Nations has designated March 22nd World Water Day to focus attention on the importance of fresh, clean water and to advocate for the sustainable management of fresh water resources.  This year’s theme is “Water and Food Security.” Almost one billion people - one seventh of the world’s population - suffer from chronic hunger, a crisis that could intensify as global population grows.  More than 70 percent of the water used globally goes towards agriculture - with totals reaching more than 90 percent in many developing countries.  Our ability to increase food production will require sufficient available water and the tools to predict its availability so that people can grow food when and where they need it.  Seven billion people live on this planet, with another 2 billion predicted by 2050.  Each one of us daily drinks two to four liters of water, but we consume much more as part of the food we eat.  It takes around 1,500 liters of water to produce a kilo of wheat – ten times that for a kilo of beef.

Women and girls produce 60-80 percent of food in developing countries, and also typically bear primary responsibility for meeting their families’ water needs.  It is critical that they be involved in addressing the water challenges in their communities. As urban populations and economies increase, so do water demands for cities and industry, leaving less for agriculture.  Competition is increasing.  Stiffer competition for water can mean less water for smallholder farmers, fishers and herders who cannot make a living without it. Food security is critically dependent on a sufficient supply of clean water.  We must make it a priority to reduce water pollution.  We must develop more efficient irrigation practices, eliminate leakage, and ensure water storage and distribution functions properly. We also need to protect the purity of water resources and wetland systems that support fisheries, which provide a significant source of protein to two-and-a-half billion people in developing countries.

Yesterday, March 22 marks World Water Day and this year’s theme is “Water and Food Security.” Communities and governments should work towards meeting the basic needs of their people to attain food security. We need to work to both increase supply through better water resources management and reduce demand for water by employing more efficient irrigation technology. We must work together - individuals, communities, and governments.  Water scarcity is a global challenge, but the solutions are often local.

The rivers are our brothers and quench our thirst.  The air has priceless value.  We all share the same breath – the beast, the tree, man; all breathe the same air, and it shares its essence with the life that it sustains.  The freshness of the air, the force of the waters, the mighty pine tree, every grain of sand at the beach, every drop of dew in the forest, the sap that runs through the trees, even the sound of the insects sustain and soothe the lives of humankind on this planet.  The biological wellbeing of our earth and the future of mankind are being ruined by the materialistic vision of society. The rivers are contaminated by technological industry and plant animal agro-industry. All of a sudden water will become more precious than gold.  What use will our gold be to us if we don’t have water? Who will drink a glass of liquid gold?

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