Water starts to quote
Actualizado: 12 abr 2021
There are natural resources that are completely infinite around the globe; some examples might be the sun that powers life or the wind we use to create electricity. But the question here is... Is the water one of those infinite resources? We used to think so, and it's fair to do so, because given that the earth is formed by oceans that occupy about 70% of the planet, how come are we going to run out of water? It makes no sense, right?
One sign that confirms the fact that the water is becoming a scarce resource is that it started to quote on the financial markets. From my point of view, that's not the real problem, it's just an indicator that shows the public that water is becoming a scarce resource and we ought to do something about it.
Based on the information I have, the problem with water scarcity is that humans are exploting aquifers in a non-sustainable way, which has led to an emptiness of some aquifers and therefore a scarcity of water in some regions, especially in Africa. Even though we know the origin of the issue, it's comprehensible that those regions need water to survive, and therefore they need to continue exploting those aquifers. But leaving aside the complex African situation, what can we do from our countries to help mitigate the water scarcity problem?
The first thing is that we could invest in research to develop better technology to desalinate the oceanic water. Nevertheless, it's important to note that those practices might also impact the oceanic environment and they definitely need to be supervised by experts. A different thing we could try to do to offer a real solution to such a big problem would be to simply change our personal habits to a more sustainable ones. For instance, we could spend less time taking a shower or ask our politicians to implement special taxations for farmers who spend way more water than they need to.
Are you worried enough about water?
Do you think water scarcity will become a huge problem at some point in the next 100 years? How can we help those regions who are running out of water?
Is it even useful to lend money to African countries to contribute to mitigate the problem?
Will water scarcity lead countries to fight against each other for that resource?