“Water Scarce, Water Plenty” (from chapter Water Is Life)
Since the dinosaurs quenched their thirst in the soupy marshes of the Triassic Period millions of years ago, to the rain falling on your house today, the amount of moisture on Earth hasn’t changed. However, scientists predict that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live where usable water is scarce.
“Water is life,” says author Barbara Kingsolver in an article in the 2010 Water Issue of National Geographic. “It’s the briny broth of our origins, the pounding circulatory system of the world. We stake our civilizations on the coasts and mighty rivers. Our deepest dread is the threat of having too little—or too much.”
North Americans use about 100 gallons of water at home every day, yet the world’s poorest subsist on less than 5 gallons, many walking miles to get their water.
This article is an excerpt from “Water Is…” (Pixl Press) by Nina Munteanu