LGVN Environment - Drought
Water Shortage Looms
Nations has recently issued a warning that world water resources
are diminishing, leaving 1/6 of humanity without clean running supplies.
population steadily rising, the best efforts of UN agencies and
enlightened governments to stem the increase has become an impossible
task. The UN Environment Program, based in Nairobi, say that the
supply of life-sustaining fresh water already is stretched to the
limit. UNEP say that urban governments need to do more to confront
and resolve the water crisis. In Delhi, India, water pollution has
increased. A ban on the use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture
over the past five years has proved ineffectual, and farmers sprinkle
their fields liberally with pesticides. Other areas on the planet
have already exceeded human carrying capacity. But overpopulation
of some famine affected areas is not necessarily the main cause
of famine. The present situation is caused by drought.
Three years without rainfall in Ethiopia took it's toll in 2001
with thousands dying daily and over 8 million lives still at grave
unreported, war and political imbalance have contributed greatly
to the plight of Ethiopia's population. Resources and external aid
are used in bolstering offensives along its war stricken borders.
As global media concern on the effects of the drought in the Horn
of Africa periodically reawakens, a natural smoke screen is also
created blurring its political agenda. This shift in focus disguises
those countries governments gross negligence towards the health
of its own people... political deception is rife. A government more
in favour of ploughing its resources into political quarrels and
war with its neigbours, rather than serving its own population with
ways to eat and ways to develop a self-sustaining democracy. If
something drastic is not done to refocus the global community attention
towards prevention rather than aid (which is too late for the majority),
then this situation will repeat itself again and again.
May / June 2000 a further 50 million people in areas of India were
suffering the worst drought in 100 years. In this case the blame
points to over-exploitation of the water table. We continue to wait
and see how the country's politics and the effects of land poisoning
by an uneducated farming community (see above) resolve this situation
before the inevitable happens.
on solutions to drought problems see GGL's at VeggieGlobal.com
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