Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

18 April 2007

Diminishing water

We're at the end of the driest summer in years and water, or the lack thereof, is worrying me.

Biophile Magazine recently published an article of mine on a related issue, the proposed De Hoop Dam on the border of Mpumalanga/Limpopo.

Just today, while scanning the news online I came across 3 articles about water:

Kruger Park hit by low river levels
"Alarmingly low" levels of rivers in the Kruger National Park will from Monday result in drastic cuts in water usage, the park's management said. - M&G online

Water crisis spurs sit-in at mayor's office
Police intervened in a tense stand-off between Kungwini municipal councillors in Bronkhorstspruit and residents of luxury estates who have been without running water for more than two weeks. - IOL

Donker droogtewolke pak oor Afrika saam
Oor net 13 jaar sal tot 250 miljoen mense in Afrika – ingesluit Suid-Afrika – weens klimaatsverandering ’n ernstige watertekort ervaar. Suid-Afrikaners sal nou reeds aanpassings moet maak om met minder water oor die weg te kom. - Beeld

Translation: 250 million people in Africa with insufficient water within 13 years!

Climate change anyone? I see tough times ahead. Could this be the beginning of our water wars? Hey maybe the mining and extraction industries should stop using so much water. Maybe we are expanding too fast? Maybe our thirst (!!!!) for economic growth and development is killing our future!