Rivers are being dammed creating havoc on ecosystems below the dam through desertification.
40% of America’s rivers and 46% of lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
What’s a Pagan to do?
Start by using tap water instead of bottled. The millions of pounds of plastic, and the high carbon footprint associated with bottling water and delivering it, don’t make bottled water worth the effort. Tap water is safe. Drink it. Find where it’s available using this app.
Don’t shower everyday. If you have a gritty, messy, smelly job, then go for it. But if you’re working in an office and don’t sweat that much, skip the daily shower. And keep the showers you do take down to a minimum. Time yourself so you’re only in there for 3 minutes.
If it’s pee, let it be. If it’s brown, flush it down. Get yourself a low-flow toilet or make your toilet use less water by putting something in the tank. (source)
Stop watering the lawn.
Get rid of that pool (responsibly of course) and discourage others from flaunting their wealth through hoarding water.
I’ve heard the next world wars will be fought over water. I find this very, very easy to believe. Two years ago I was without water for three weeks during a drought. I can see how tensions could become strained enough for violence. (You can read about how Wolf and I coped without water here, here, and here.)
Westerners are not entitled to more water than anyone else on this planet. It’s time we start seeing ourselves as a major component of the problem and work to fix it. The water crisis we’re in won’t be solved overnight. But if we all take responsibility of our share of the problem, then we can solve fairly. Simultaneously we can repair the damage we’ve done to Father Water and Mother Earth.