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Current Water Use: Reflection of “Blue Gold”

Current Water Use
Reflection of “Blue Gold”

                The world’s finite water supply coupled with exponential population growth will be our future’s toughest challenge to face. The film focuses on the hydrologic cycle disruption, water privatization, and poorly institutionalized water regulations. The questions become how does our world develop practices that bolster sustainable water use?

                The world is suffering from desertification, and the problem this poses is there is a possibility of running out of water. “Blue Gold” explains that the hydrologic system is the natural means of establishing renewable water. Desertification and urbanization cause rain water to drain off into sewers and back into the ocean. Rainwater is unable to penetrate the natural soil and replenish through the hydrologic cycle. In today’s industrial and technology dependent world the only tangible advancements are seen through more industrial development. Technology is often the solution to solve environmental problems. “Blue Gold” explains water damns have interrupted the natural flow of water and consequentially have disrupted the hydrologic cycle. The general population is unaware to the seriousness associated with our unsustainable development. Activists have been pointing out the issues and trying to educating the general population on the water crises. Once the water crisis is generally understood there needs to be proactive solutions implemented that strive to restore the natural hydrologic flow. The problem is our world has become very reliant on technology and resources such as forest trees. There is a temptation to resort to new technology, but technology has burdened us with the current water crisis.

                Along with expelling technology as a viable solution there needs to be stricter regulations with natural resource use. “Blue Gold” explains water companies have privatized water and in affect have a powerful control over water. Water privatization is not limited to developing countries it happens in the United States. Proper framework evaluations are necessary for a society’s prosperity. The three frameworks discussed in class were the government, privatization and communal ownership. The question is what model of water ownership works for each area. In “Blue Gold” water privatization was completely discarded and announced only profit seeking. While this may generally be true, there are circumstances in which water privatization is the only answer. In third world countries the governments are often times corrupt because the whole nation is poor. Consequently government, operated water-systems only supply water to the upper-class, oppose to the lower-class which is left to find water on their own. On this ground water privatization becomes a better solution, not a perfect solution.

                Modified water-use regulations are cardinal to galvanize water sustainability. In “Blue Gold” the farmers spoke about how they had to use a certain amount of water even if it was an unnecessary amount. If the farmers did not use the allotted amount they would lose whatever they did not use for the following year. Consequently the policy benefited and encouraged the farmer to waste the excess amount of water. Current misguided water policies have caused detriments to our world’s invaluable water source.

By: Chad L. Cook

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