Water–and in this post, I refer to freshwater.
Floods. Too many to list. Plenty in the news.
Droughts. Too many, less dramatic in their immediacy, less telegenic: ought to be in the news more.
Bad water. Flint, Michigan. Hinkley, California. And in January 2023 for the third time: Jackson, Mississippi (below).
Stolen water: bought up, rights reserved, by huge financial entities.
Threatened water: the Ogalalla Aquifer.
Endangered water: Lake Baikal.
All life on earth depends on water.
No water? No life.
Not sure? Try living without water for three days.
Maybe water is not at issue where you are, right now, as you read this. You are fortunate.
Our climate future promises one thing over all else: unpredictability.
And water is at the center of that, for any living being, anywhere on this blue (and somewhat green) planet.
If you do one thing this year, in 2023, please consider doing this: don’t pour good fresh potable water down the drain. Take that old water bottle, pet’s water bowl, the ice in your to-go cup, the condensate from your dehumidifier or air-conditioner… and pour it on something alive that needs water. If you have any plants in your home, you will not even need to go outside.
And if you’re reading this in a flooded area, I completely understand. Good luck to you, and I hope your situation there gets better fast.