The most precious resource of all

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Greed and apathy are causing a huge shortage of drinking water around the world

We treasure many possessions in this world, but for the vast majority of people there is one most precious. What is it for you: love, gold, money, security, peace, family, happiness?

Yes, all are precious, but without the most precious of all, which we take for granted, we cannot have anything else. The most important thing that we expect to always be there for us is water.

When I go to visit the isolated villages of the Aeta people in Zambales to join them in planting trees and developing their water resources, there are long walks and hikes to be done and very soon I am taking my water bottle . When it’s empty, I feel anxious. I know that no human being can survive two or three days at most without water.

Since our bodies are already 60% water, we need to replenish our body’s water for our remaining 40% to work. Water is essential to life and, believe it or not, there is a huge shortage of drinking water in the world today.

Twenty years ago, the city where I live had enough water from a running river. It has become a trickle due to logging and environmental destruction by greedy politicians. When there are no trees there is no water but there is more carbon dioxide to fill the atmosphere causing global warming and climate change. The planet is made up of 70% water.

The vast oceans cover most of it and it’s good for the fish, but we humans can’t drink it because of the salt. Yet it is vital for our climate. Global warming is evaporating seawater faster and in greater volume, creating vast rain-filled clouds. The warmer water causes the currents to change direction and the warm air rises to mix with the descending cold air and we get more powerful, more frequent and more massive typhoons, hurricanes and rainstorms, like this occurs all over the world.

Global warming is evaporating lakes, reservoirs and melting mountain glaciers around the world. There is less water than ever for irrigation to produce food

This is why there are massive floods everywhere except in parts of Africa. They experience the most extreme droughts as global warming evaporates water on land and rivers. When there is no water, crops fail and famine ensues.

Now we humans are smart and smarter than most other creatures on the planet. We may have bigger brains and intelligence and many of us really try to be good, to do good deeds for others and to be decent, honest and compassionate people who are willing to help others. in need. But it’s not enough if we don’t take action to love the planet too and be more active in trying to save it, people, animals and wildlife.

If we are all going to survive, and we are not likely to, we need greater human benevolence, compassion, sharing and peaceful coexistence and pressure on our governments and their big corporations to give up to pollute the earth and abandon the burning of coal, oil and gas to the construction of renewable energy sources.

Global warming is evaporating lakes, reservoirs and melting mountain glaciers around the world. There has never been so much water for irrigation and food production. Then there is the prolonged drought. Climate change has altered precipitation. More hunger and death and young people are migrating north for water, jobs and food.

If people are racist and mean, they don’t like to welcome them and are angry with newcomers. Rich countries may have only themselves to blame for this poverty. They have continually exploited poor countries from the colonial and neo-colonial era to the present day. Africa is the hardest hit.

Millions of people go hungry and children are the first to die of malnutrition because greedy tycoons and political cronies exploit natural resources and destroy the Amazon and Africa’s remaining rainforests.

Even in the Philippines, there is still illegal logging in the remaining 3% of tropical forests. In 1903, there was 70% forest cover in the Philippines. The top percent of international mega-rich industrial tycoons and barons are nearly twice as wealthy as they were five years ago.

To survive, we must reduce global warming and water loss. We must change and do good. An easy thing is to plant trees anywhere and everywhere. When we visit the province, we might bring donations of young fruit trees from a nursery that are at least two years old and plant them in the home province. Imagine, if every Filipino did this, then a million trees would be planted every year. This will help reduce CO2 and help reduce global warming.

We can awaken concern for the environment and encourage people to act responsibly and teach by example, especially young people

Development aid should focus on reforestation, securing and restoring tropical forests and therefore improving water resources and managing them as much as possible. Urban communities need more water recycling plants, turning wastewater into clean water.

The climate change-related disasters facing the planet are more severe than at any time in the earth’s history. Many of us live without discipline, without mindfulness, without foolish and useless lives, living a lifestyle that destroys the environment by burning coal, oil and gas when we could use the sun, wind and geothermal energy and wave or tidal energy to generate electricity. Hopefully, scientists will develop fusion power plants to solve the problem.

We can plant our trees (I plant 2,000 mango seedlings every year with the indigenous Aeta people). We can awaken concern for the environment and encourage people to act responsibly and teach by example, especially young people. People should bring their children or grandchildren with them when they go to plant their saplings or give them to the indigenous Aeta people to plant and improve their ancestral lands.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official editorial position of UCA News.

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