This blog is inspired by the commenters on Youtube, who commented on this video:
If you are one of the people who wishes the wrath of fury on this man, stop and question yourself: “Do I get mad when I see videos of men, women, and children, who are less fortunate, and then demand social justice?” If you are in this group of people, who indulge in both thoughts listed above, you are either a hypocrite, or ignorant. One of the two. If you are ignorant, it’s forgivable.
Many people who enjoy an abundance of water, live in a geographical region with an abundance of water. Many of us take this for granted, and therein lies the source of our feelings of entitlement. Free water has been a part of our way of life for years, and so we can’t envision why it should cost anything. I can understand why we feel this way, since we’ve been conditioned to feel this way. However, the situation isn’t so plain.
If you are the type to watch videos of people in other countries who are starving and are dehydrated and say “We should help those people!”, ask yourself this: “How?” Water is scarce in the region. It isn’t like the place you’re used to. They don’t have reservoir’s of fresh water around the corner. In order to quench the thirst of these people, economic efforts are needed. We need a delivery system. Shipping water to them isn’t feasible, since that requires fossil fuels to carry by plane, or by boat. A pipeline is the most feasible measure.
Building a pipeline costs money. Why? Because the person who is building it, has a family to feed, and needs to pay the farmer who farmed the food for them. The person who extracted the materials for it, also has a family he needs to feed and clothe.
OK. So once the pipeline is built, it should be all well and dandy, right? Wrong. There are large amounts of water lost everyday to faulty pipelines which go into disrepair as a result of the lack of return on investment. We can build the infrastructure, but if we’re losing money on it, how is it sustainable to continue to pay for maintenance? Run the equation, and you’ll see that eventually, our future generation suffers.
Some say that we can take water from the air, but this stands the problem of ruining our breathing environment, and carries severe risks.
It is true that Lockheed Martin is developing Graphene based technologies which will filter Ocean water, and make it drinkable, and once this becomes economically and environmentally feasible, a great problem will be solved. Graphene, however, needs more investors, but most people who probably hate Mr. Brabeck for his policies, would never engage in any sort of capitalist enterprise. So perhaps the environmental and sustainable options available to us, are doomed. I guess that’s our own selfish choice to maintain the status quo, though.