Today is my final posting on The Water Watch. I hope that over the last twelve weeks I have given you many things to think about, and perhaps changed the way you view our most precious resource, fresh water.
Where to from here?
Have you ever heard the anecdote about how if you place a frog in cold water and slowly heat it, the frog will not jump out, resulting in it being cooked to death? This is often used as a metaphor for humans being complacent to the changes around us, till it becomes too late.
However, it isn’t actually true. Modern experiments have found that the frog would in fact jump out of the water.
As well as being an interesting trivia fact, I think we can use this story to remind ourselves that it is not too late for human kind. Making changes now is far better than not making them at all.
These don’t even have to be huge changes.
To sum it up…
Water is vital to human survival. Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben puts it very well:
“What these scientists are saying is simple: human ingenuity can turn sand into silicon chips, allowing the creation of millions of home pages on the utterly fascinating World Wide Web, but human ingenuity cannot forever turn dry sand into soil that will grow food.”
Thank you all for reading my blog, it will still be here if you ever need to refer back to it, and I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it!
For all the people who helped me with ideas, inspiration, and moral support (and occasionally harsh criticism!)- Thank you, I couldn’t have done it without you.