Friday, 15 October 2010

Blog Action Day 2010: WaterWar


Cradle of Humankind 
Africa and the Middle-East is looked upon as the human crib. The very first culture of humans.  Later on high human society evolved in those areas, we can learn a lot by history, and unfortunately like the planet Tellus, we are repeating the yards all over, again and again.

Sunken Cities
Once upon a time there was lots of cities (Atlantis (Platon myth?) , Herakleion, Canopus, Menouthis, etcetera) that has sunken and a few of them has now been found at from 6 to 10 meters under present sea level. Cities that have been lost for 2500-1600 years. Cities that at that time had advanced water- and sewerage systems. High standards didn't help against earthquakes, floods and tsunamis, the cities close to the seas and rivers fell down and was buried in water depths.

Water Conflicts
Throughout history clean water has been a source to conflict between people and nations. We know about ancient wars and conflicts around the Nile, the Euphrates and the Tigris, rivers that supplied the citizens with clean water back then. Conflicts that forced a huge amount of people to become water refugees. Because without access to the rivers, there is neither water to drink, nor opportunities for irrigation of plants to eat.


The Crib as The Undeveloped 
Today there is no respect for our common cradle. Problems in Africa and the Middle-East are not "ours", we close our borders for water refugees and refugees from other kinds of conflicts, like oil or religions, we will not share what we got today ... the day will come. We like to explain it through "their" politic, but it is all about land with water!

Rising Sea Level
The fast changing eco-system due to a combination of forest desecration, pollution and global warming has impact on weather and ground movements. Cities are falling down in rivers and seas, the ice are melting and the clean water are becoming to salty to drink. The scenario for the future might be civil wars all over the world due to lack of clean water.

Water a Human Right?!?
  • During the 10 years the water conflict in Darfur (Sudan) has been going on, over 2 million people has become water refugees, still we give them a cold hand or sink their boats, when they arrive at our borders in Europe.  Deaths due to this water conflict is estimated to around 300 000, probably much more.
  • The flood in Pakistan affected 20,2 million people, 1,9 million homes/house was destroyed, 2,2 million hectares of agricultural land was damaged. 1,4 million Pakistan water refugees are living in camps.
  • Coca Cola and Nestle amongst other companies are emptying clean water-supplies in India, Africa and USA in order to sell the water to us tapped in plastic bottles with Bis-phenol A, giving poison to one - taking clean water from other in the name of capitalistic thinking.      

threw fears about water scarcity,



Gary said...

Thank you!

The UN is working its way towards a Convention on the Right to Water. Unfortunately Canada and some others are opposed.

I don't see how any basic human rights can be meaningful without the right to water. After all we are mostly water...

ANNA-LYS said...

True, within water we can not exist neither can human rights. Not only Canada are against, also my country; Sweden.

I think it has to do with refugees, as I write above: Water Refugees. If water becomes a Human Right by Law, then we must share our precious drops ... and open our borders for those with no water in their own countries.

ANNA-LYS said...

without not within :-)

I spell like a woodpecker pecking at an old tree hmmm think You all have to get use to it when I write about things that upsets me a lot ... or I have to start to be a copycat on wikipedia or elsewhere :-)

Butterfly Mage said...

I also worry about the ethanol industry using up all the water in America. Ditto for the oil companies and their desire to turn tar sand into gasoline. The latter consumes a barrel of water for every gallon of fuel created. That is quite unsustainable.

Tyko Brae (exgen. NB) said...

As I told you before, the problem of fresh water is easy to solve, provided there is no war, no poverty and no stupidity.
A method of 'reversed osmosis' makes fresh water from seawater. If one uses this fresh water to make Coca Cola, I would call it 'stupidity'.

ps. I will not apologize for my bad english, since this will not make may text more intelligible.

(( hug ))

laughingwolf said...

'humanity' is the ONLY creature that defecates in its OWN nest... this planet! GRRRRRRRRRRR

no wonder our air/water/soil continue to turn toxic... soon, there will be NOWHERE to support life, including our own! :(

Anonymous said...

Hey Blog Action Day bloggers,

I wanted to share some really exciting news: we just received confirmation that the White House and the UK Foreign Office will both be joining us in blogging about water on Blog Action Day this Friday.

With more influential blogs set to confirm their participation in the next few days, Blog Action Day 2010 is shaping up to be the biggest single day of action about clean water on record.

Charles Gramlich said...

I know I take my own fresh clean spring water too much for granted. Good post.

iriz said...

hi Anna-Lys

not everyone sees the seriousness of this matter, great thing you do. We are really dependent on water and without it is something i couldn't imagine. Hope every nation takes necessary steps so that we have our equal share of this God's blessing.

Have a great day! :)

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Gunnar said...

Today states are fighting over oilresources. I think water will be the next big issiue.
The climate change is one of the reasons for this.

Rick said...

I live at the edge of what we call the "Great Lakes" in the US, and the rest of the country is beginning to eye our vast water resources. Since they are also on the shared border with Canada, they Canadians are eyeing them, too. It's going to be contentious.

Thank you so much for writing this post, ANNA-LYS, it's an important topic.

As for Bis-phenol A, you've made me think even harder. I believe I'll go research the topic, but based on what you've said I don't think I'll like what I find much.

Diane AZ said...

In 1774, Benjamin Franklin said, "When the well's dry, we know the worth of water." If only we all could appreciate and conserve clean water before there are shortages. Important topic, great post!

Travis Cody said...

Well done with these comparisons.

This past summer, we finally purchased a filtered pitcher so that we could stop buying bottled water. We're fortunate to live where we can mostly trust our tap water, but I don't care to drink straight from the unfiltered tap. Now we don't have to.

Rolf said...

Clear water, we must have.

ANNA-LYS said...

Thank You all
for Your wise input
and nice warm feed-back.

Let's make a change
before it is too late.
Together we make a difference!

(( Love ))

Ekolodia said...


Pete said...

interesting post.. makes one think.
PS I live about an hour away from the "cradle of humankind"

ANNA-LYS said...

Thank You, that was my purpose :-)

and thanks for the link !!