Receding water levels – why you must worry about it?
Global warming, climate change, deforestation, pollution, natural resource depletion- such high sounding terms, aren’t they? Meant for coffee table discussions, newspaper articles, primetime debates- aren’t they? How are we directly concerned? How does receding water levels in some other continent matter to us? Don’t we have enough tensions that we add this up too? Well, at most we can go for protest marches with posters on Save Environment Save Life. And click selfies and post them (not to forget, #Environment #SaveNature #GoGreen and whatever cool hashtag comes to our mind)! This is what saving the environment means to us. Right?
If a sense of guilt is slowly crawling towards you, let’s probe further. Why shouldn’t we be bothered about the environment? What makes us so detached and indifferent? Or busy schedules? Or, our comfortable existence? We are waiting for a Mumbai deluge or an Uttarakhand flood to open our eyes, right? Because if we continue to live the way we do, that’s what we are inviting for ourselves and our future generations. Not convinced? Want to know why you should care?
Here’s why you should be concerned about receding water levels.
- Because it means dearth of water for you
Receding water levels are a sign of depleting resources as a result of overuse and exploitation of nature. And the immediate and most evident effect is lessening availability of water for people. When the water level recedes, the effort and cost of procuring it for use increases. A lot of people and countries can’t afford that water. Even those who can have to do with very little quantity. Heard of people having to go without water for days? That’s our future.
- Because it leads to deterioration of water quality
Clean, safe and potable water is a necessity, right? It will soon be a fantasy. I’m not exaggerating at all. According to recent reports, a huge chunk of the world’s population does not have access to safe water. Receding water levels is a major cause of unavailability of safe water. Needless to say, this leads to a host of water-borne diseases and health problems. Therefore, negating and neglecting the issue will lead to an unhealthy future.
- Because it affects food production
It is not an unknown fact that agriculture and the entire process of food production require a large amount of water. And depleting water levels affect food production drastically. Farmers are not able to irrigate their land and crops suffer. Moreover, there is a decrease in harvest and therefore the stocks in markets are insufficient to meet the needs of consumers. This not only leads to rise in prices but also means hunger and starvation for a lot of families who cannot afford basic nutrition due to decline in supplies. It increases the gap between the haves and have-nots. Don’t calculate your position in this cycle of poverty and wealth. Save yourself and your fellow beings from perishing.
- Because it aids the overall environmental crisis that exists
The global crises that we talk about grow from these seemingly small issues. The world is interconnected and so are its problems. Global warming is not created in a day. Environmental degradation is not the result of a solitary action. All of us have contributed to it. And we continue to do so. The problem too is ours then. We all are in it together. Therefore, there is an urgent need to stop pretending that we have nothing to do with this and begin by doing our bit. Every little wastage of water adds up to the huge crisis we are facing. Every drop counts. Literally and metaphorically.
- Because you want to LIVE happily
All of want to live a life of happiness, isn’t it? We work for it every day. We dream about it every night. It’s ironic how we put it all our efforts to live happily, and yet ignore what makes us live! We ignore the air we breathe in, the water that quenches our thirst, the food that satiates our hunger, the environment that gives us our existence. Before the water inside our earth goes too far away from us, we better call it back. Because, no matter how detached we claim to be, LIFE is the biggest attachment we have.
Staff writer Pursuing Political Science Honours at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. Enjoy observing, exploring, and engaging. Love to think, write, discuss, and debate. Inspired by people, books, movies, songs, theories, and thoughts. Passionate about writing on issues of social, political, and environmental relevance.