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the issue no one is talking about-warring over water and water depletion

A 2012 report from the director of National Intelligence warned that within 10 years “many countries important to the United States will experience water problems … that will risk instability and state failure…” and cited the possible “use of water as a weapon or to further terrorist objectives.”

That’s right, a 10 year warning came out 3 years ago…the clock is ticking.

We all have our social and political issues that are important to us.

But recently I became aware of an issue that I cannot believe is not at the top of everyone’s radar.

Gun rights, taxes, pro-choice or anti-choice, gay marriage….it all means nothing if we don’t exist. And without water, none of us will exist. This is something that affects everyone worldwide.

I saw this piece on 60 Minutes the other day, and quite honestly, the story is panic-inducing. I cannot believe that more people are not talking about this. Do I think that the media has overblown this story? Well, no. I don’t. Sure, the California droughts make news, but how California (and other regions of the world) are ruining the planet and depleting our water, that rarely makes news.

Ebola anyone? Sure, that creates a media frenzy when we have 3 cases among over 300 million people. But this one issue that affects everyone on the planet….nothing. Just one segment on 60 Minutes.

I urge you to watch the 13-minute segment and see for yourself. I also urge you to use your voice to try to get something done about this. Our kids, our grandkids….do we really want them warring over water? Because that is where we are headed. Water is the new oil and it is expected that there will be wars over it. A 2012 report from the director of National Intelligence warned that within 10 years “many countries important to the United States will experience water problems … that will risk instability and state failure…” and cited the possible “use of water as a weapon or to further terrorist objectives.”

Three years ago, it was reported this would be a problem in 10 years and it’s only gotten worse…the clock is ticking.

Please watch this, I know it’s 13 minutes long, but I can’t stress how important this is.

You can see the transcript and video http://www.cbsnews.com/news/depleting-the-water/ or you can google “60 minutes water depletion” and it will come up. It’s a segment with Leslie Stahl and it’s quite alarming. It really needs to be a priority. I know that there will be some by-products, such as some farmers being forced to go out of business. I’m sorry for that, but that’s life. None of us is guaranteed a career for life, no matter what we chose or how long we’ve been doing it. Especially if something like growing almonds is at the expense of the rest of the planet.

Water is essential to life. Grapes and almonds and pomegranates are not. Please act. Please contact your legislators and let them know that this is important to you. Because without water, none of us has a future.

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Lisa Lightner

Lisa Lightner

Lisa Lightner lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, two boys and two dogs. When not screaming at her kids in public, she can be found on her special needs parenting blog, ADayInOurShoes.com where she offers advice, support and fun tips for special needs parents.

2 Comments

  1. June 4, 2015 at 6:27 pm —

    Thanks for bringing attention to this issue. This is very worrisome to me, and we are going to need to come up with new policies for water rights in our country, not to mention worldwide action, over the next few years.

  2. June 6, 2015 at 9:36 am —

    Additional though terrifying reading on the subject: When the Rivers run dry-the defining crisis of the twenty first century by Fred Pearce. Also by Fred Pearce With Speed and Violence;why scientist fear tipping points in climate change. I don’t suggest reading either right before bedtime…

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