Climate change catastrophe: the importance of water

It isn’t that there is no good news available on the issue of water generally and its impact on rising sea levels. But why would we hear it when the wholesale plan of global media, the wealthiest few and politicians in the main, is that they want to bring it on. They want us to believe we are helpless. They want total control and where better to start than with water?

So you have to look between the cracks, for the hidden possibilities.
WATER: THE MISSING LINK TO SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE A Global Action Plan is such a work. It describes the enormous impact of water runoff into the oceans on rising sea levels, the runoff being a consequence of  factors including deforestisation and, of course, urbanisation. The ways of dealing with this are incredibly simple and best for the land as well as for the ocean. After all, it is water that once upon a time stayed on the land. To quote:

November 2015: After five years of extreme drought, the long-desired rain is finally falling in California. What could actually be a blessing quickly develops into the next catastrophe. Torrential rain pours down onto desiccated land. In Lancaster, for example, 80 liters of rainwater per square meter fell in only half an hour. The rain hits sealed, developed, overgrazed, parched and hardened ground. Where once humus-rich forest floors absorbed and stored these waters, it now rushes down the slopes carrying with it the last remaining fertile soil. Straightened river beds are deluged, flooding streets and basements, causing millions of dollars in damages. The land is left even more bleak and barren.

What happens in California is the symptom of a global phenomenon. Forests are cut down; water is driven out as quickly as possible through drainage; soil is sealed; cities create “hot spots” whose thermal lift no longer allows the clouds to discharge its rain.

The author of this article Michal Kravcik, has been running one of those thankless campaigns that wonderful people around the world have committed their lives to: getting people to understand that they have power over water and how to exercise it.

People and Water NGO encourages Slovaks to take advantage of their newly-minted democracy by organizing town meetings where citizens questioned officials about the legality of water usage. As result, in November 1996, the Environmental Ministry canceled the dam proposal. It was Michal Kravcik, Chairman of People and Water NGO who showed how drinking reservoirs had not been used in full and how much water was wasted by an old and repair – needed distribution systems. His alternative plan outlined the repair of these problems while minimizing the impact on environment.

The mission of the undertaking “People And Water” is to provide services to municipal and rural communities, mostly within the Carpathian region. The goal is to solve the economic, social, cultural and environmental problems on a grassroots level by encouraging citizens to be active through development, renewal and promotion of the traditional culture and diversity of this region.

He participated in the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from 7 – 18 December 2009 and, interviewed at the time, said

My expectations are simple: to incorporate in the Copenhagen Protocol a mechanism of using water for recovery of the climate based not only on local and regional – but also on continental and global level of the Planet Earth. Until now, all initiatives for solution of climatic changes addressed only CO2 reduction, and through this, to stop the breakup of the Earth´s climatic system.

Somehow we keep forgetting that water is the thermoregulator of heat. So where there is enough water, the landscape heats only slowly, while where is dry weather, the landscape overheats fast reaching big differences in temperature e.g. between night and day – or winter and summer. According to our estimates, each year over 700 billion m3 rainwater vanishes from continents – that in the past had been soaked and saturated in soil, and evaporated in the atmosphere. This is how rainwater kept the climate within limits – without any extreme floods, droughts or sudden shifts in climate.

It is hard not to smile when a person says his aim to save the planet is ‘simple’, but when you read about what he does and what others are also doing in micro ways around the world, the word that overwhelmingly applies is simple. It is all so simple that I’m starting to wonder why that explains how all these efforts are ignored by us. Because if the methods are simple and relatively non-technological, then what’s in it for big business? And if the answer is ‘nothing’, then one can see how the process of empowerment at local small level is never going to take on, certainly not in Australia.

Instead, Australia will stay as it is right now. Watching the burning, watching the drought, and hoping for handouts. Everything will be reactive, not proactive. We believe hogwash we’ve been told – it isn’t for us to change, there isn’t anything we can do, if the whole world does nothing, then what’s the point of us changing?

And while we sit about concurring on this, in the world there are villages in Slovakia, in India, in China, in Africa, which are dedicating their existence to changing how they do things….and it is working for them. But hey. Just because peasants in Africa, and India, and China, and Africa can backtrack on bad methods and turn arid land into that of green and plenty, why would we Australians be able to?

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