You, Me & Water Part 3 [Blue Gold]

Hello Everybody !
Earlier I wrote two articles (part1 & part2) about the condition of the water in the world and me growing up with water pollution.
Needless to say we all know the importance water, to add to curent unfortunate circumstances there are some that care not about it and there are others that only see the profit out of human misery, this leads me to this 3rd sequel on the story of water. Just recently I saw the movie called “Blue Gold” that put things in the perspective as they are at this particular moment and where they could go if we do not start taking notice of the current situation. This movie is filled with very nicely structured information, clues and ideas on alternative ways we can prevent water shortage, get clean water to those who need it the most and stop those who see it only as a goods to make profit on, after all water is our fundamental right like the air we breath. No one should be able to exploit that !

As they say picture speaks for thousand words. Here is the trailer of the movie “Blue Gold” please try to find the time to watch it, you won’t regret it and I’m sure you will feel prone to share it with your friends !


You, Me & Water Part 2

After my short intro (part 1) here are some facts of the state of things that I thought everyone should be aware of.

future is in our hands

You know it so easy to forget that after air pollution, water pollution is the most serious threat faced by the whole world at the moment. As many of you will already know more then 1.1 billion people on the planet do not have clean water, Oceans and Seas are being depleted of their riches through overfishing and the waste.Interestingly much op this accumulated in the last 50 years or so.
Did you know that we have only 3% of sweet water (rivers, lakes & ice) on the whole world, while the rest 97% is being oceans and seas? Did you know that 2.997 of this water is being frozen in the polar caps or it’s trapped beneath the Earth surface too deep to be extracted. I was flabbergasted when I learned this fact. This means that we are left with only .003% of the total water stock on the planet that can be used to cover our daily needs.
Sweet water, suddenly even the name starts to have another meaning, right?
Now you would think that this equation would bring us about in our dealings with the water, the second essential element for human being to sustain its existence. Unfortunately for all of us we know that this isn’t so, the merciless polluting of our precious resource still happens on the daily basis.

Another terrifying fact is that all the water pollutants are decreasing the self-purifying ability of the water bodies. This means that these lose the capacity to recycle the wastes. What does that mean on the long run? One thing effects the other, so more and more algae will be created, as algae feeds on water-oxygen this increase will leave none for other aquatic life, this eventually leads water to die while other undesired toxins build up, this time not from our waste, but from the water that’s unable to purify itself, in the end we are left with water that harbours diseases, but hey, all in the name of progress and the better future?

Here are some alternatives:

You, Me & Water Part 1

When I started writing this I wanted to focus myself only on water, marine water especially, but very soon this turned out to be unrealistic and in all fairness other problems needed to be addressed to paint the whole picture and the scale of the problem. This is why in the end I decided to make the series of posts regarding these issues

Being brought up in the coastal city at Adriatic I always had a special relation with sea and the pollution. Big shipyard and plastic factory were pride and shame of the city, while producing magnificent ships, cups, raincoats and etc… they were unfortunately dumping all kinds of toxins in the bay during the process (mercury being the most common one). Next to that city council couldn’t find the solution for the sewage so they went the easy way and decided to dump it unfiltered in the middle of the promenade straight into the sea, turning the beautiful historical walkway into a mockery of stench. I think that everyone wanted to believe in the saying “ Sea cleans itself by itself” little bit to eagerly. So as kids we all grew up with occasional eczema taking it as you would a seasonal flu while looking at the dead fish turned belly up floating by.

Today when I look in retrospective I realize that a lot of what was happening in my community while I was growing up made me more environmentally friendly and if I had to change anything about the way I grew up it would be the way I learned the importance of our environment.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that we all grow up into the world of circumstances learning how to deal with them along the way, while during that process these circumstances help us raise our awareness it’s a personal choice what do we do with that knowledge in the end.

On this note I would like to close this post with couple of links to organizations that are providing clean water where it’s needed the most;