Apoorva Joshi

PhD student - Information and Media; Environmental Science and Policy @Michigan State University

Independent journalist -

Environment, Science, International

"WAT-E[ve]R" - are we drying ourselves up?

So is it true for everyone, every family, every city; that only when the worst is upon us, do we wake up and start the process of trying to find a solution? Shouldn't the "trying" part be done long before the problem reaches its peak? 
 You know, there are categories. Of people. You give everyone ONE common problem. Obviously, the way and intensity at which it affects those people is going to be very dynamic. But the point is not that there are people. the point is, that there IS a problem.  And no problem reaches its peak overnight. It, like most other processes that are either natural &/or political in context, is a gradual process. 
   So let's say the problem we're talking about is, the current water crisis. The lack of available safe drinking water. And the lack of enough water in general. This issue, has today, almost reached its ultimate ferocity. Maybe that's why our efforts to overcome this crisis are also, almost taking form. We always wait till even the red alert has become old news to take action. 
  Why?  - Is it our tendency to just ignore the magnitude of what is going to come down upon us? Or is it that we are simply too lazy to do anything ourselves? Why do we always wait for the civic administration to do something and step a step forward by designing some plan? Don't we also have the individual power to think? Or is it that the water crisis only affects the administration and not us? Aren't we all suffering from it? Aren't YOU? 
  Quite simply - if you ARE part of the problem [even if it's indirect involvement of the farthest kind], you HAVE to be part of the solution. 
   Or are we just not aware? Either that, or we're incredibly foolish by continuing to endanger the mere survival of our species, our planet and already existing future generations! 
   We HAVE TO start now! We must understand that the red alert was already old news last year when the monsoon ignored us and just went by! We disturbed the natural climate cycle. And we're paying for it. And you know what? It's not just us.
   Because of us, ALL of Earth's species are also paying for it. With THEIR lives. And if this doesn't induce even an iota of guilt, responsibility and humility in you, you need serious field biology counselling!
   You need to know that those poverty stricken, water-starved villages you see on news channels and in films, - that's going to be your situation, someday. Soon. If you want to continue living the royal life, you're going to have to pledge your royal support and make a royally significant contribution to the planet that put you on it! 
   Part of the solution, is said to be this whole new trend  in rain water harvesting [RWH]. Frankly, it should've been done years ago , if not decades! But at least some people are beginning to understand its importance and necessity at this point. Like I said, not that this technology or the [severely uncommon] common sense was unavailable to us before now, before today. It was all in place. We just thought it was a headache, a useless one at that. 
    Everyone seems to be assessing the pros of RWH to make it a big hit. The media, newspapers et al. have been going ga-ga about it. We, here, are going to list the cons. Yup. The cons. 
And I'll tell you exactly why too. Actually, I won't need to. You'll pretty much figure it out yourself if you're smart enough. 

  1. RWH means we actually have to GET involved in the process of setting it up. The RWH is very house specific if we want it to be. WE have to study, do our homework, assess, analyse, implement, maintain, and well.. WE have to take the initiative. No one else is going to come to your door to beg and plead. It's a decision YOU have to make. 
  2. Getting involved is just step 1. The next part means you have to REMAIN involved. Throughout. The system requires maintenance about twice a year and that doesn't cost too much either. Calling the people who take care of repairs, adjustments, etc. is up to us! It's a duty that has to be carried out from time to time. No else reminds you to call them and check your RWH system. You have to remember. 
  3. It means we have to break all our mental blocks about how it's okay to let someone else do their part for conserving water, but that it doesn't apply to us. It's apparently, okay to continue spending Rs.15 for a bottle of Kinley or Bisleri mineral water. It means understanding that you DON'T need to pay for a resource that would be abundantly available to you if you only used your head; and hence,
  4. It means you actually have to USE .... YOUR head. 
   Now, judging by the kind of society we live in, al of the above [though totally do-able], seem very far fetched for mankind to achieve going by its current creditable position. 
  •  So what if you're helping the environment progress from "near extinction" into "sustainability"? 
  •  So what if people (a small portion of us who put the environment before all else), will applaud your exemplary effort and give your name as a motivational example to hundreds and thousands of people of this country who will then, be forced to think that if YOU, a normal citizen, could do your part, why can't they?
  •  So what if you will be helping in putting an end to an omnipresent onslaught of excuses
  •  So what if YOU will contribute to bringing about a much needed positive change in mindset and lifestyle of our common citizens? 
  •  So what if you will be an inspiration?

Who wants THIS sorta satisfaction?? Right? 


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