Warning: Be Prepared for Many Topic Changes.
This will probably be a topic that I write on a lot; as well as global climate change.
Afterall, they are all connected together. The Earth is a system, and everything connects and works together in different ways. When you add us humans into the mix, moving way faster than the normal system can function, is when issues begin arising.
Personally, I think that is a great idea, we should be working at growing our own food. Growing your own food will help cut down on your grocery bill, as well as helping you to feed yourself and family with natural organic food that hasn’t been genetically modified. Plus it’s using water for a helpful purpose, instead of just your lawn.
The negatives? Some cities won’t let you grow a garden in your yard. As well as some homeowner associations require you too have green grass, and not yummy food for a lawn. We also may loose the “open green grass” look we love, that is required for some recreation. This is where we just need to find a compromise, finding adequate space for recreation, and for agriculture. Believe me, I love open spaces, but I don’t believe in watering those open spaces. My family has never had sprinklers for our lawn, and we own about 2 acres. We decided to keep our water bill down by only watering our garden (and flower gardens), and leaving the rest of the lawn to the natural rainfall. Yes, we do end up with a brown yard during hard summers, but it still works as a place to play football, soccer, or shoot bow and arrows!
The water system is being destroyed from us humans. Harsh words, I know, but still the reality. We have huge cities arguing for amounts of water from a single water source.
The fact is that all of the country has been in drought for quite some time now. People will say, this is natural, the Earth goes through ups and downs of water levels throughout time. The issue is that we have increased the speed of these ups and downs, which has made things terrible.
Conserving water is a demand for life, right now, not in the future, we are already living with consequences from past actions.
Below are some news articles I found today about Water.
Drought Response Sparks the Battle of St. Augustine (Texas)
“In big Texas cities, the state’s water shortage can seem like someone else’s problem.
Drought has been in the news a long time, but rates haven’t gone up. Water still comes out when you turn on the tap. The golf courses are still green, and so are the lawns.
Some places do have restrictions; the state keeps a long list of them. El Paso residents pay fines if the sprinklers in their front yards accidentally water the streets. Austin restricts watering to one or two days per week, depending on the level of concern over water at any given time. West Texas towns and cities operate at high levels of alert, and one medium-size city, Wichita Falls, is on a list of cities that could run out of water this year.
In the suburbs, where a lot of voters live in houses encircled by grass, and where that grass is sometimes a measure of how well or how poorly the Joneses are doing, water restrictions are a touchy subject.”
Research shows rise in CA sea levels (California)
“Both have occurred naturally, but now the increase in carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere by humans burning fossil fuels is warming the climate,” said Lipps. “The rate of warming and of rise is accelerating as humans produce more and more carbon dioxide.”
Increase in Rain and Snow This Winter Helps Raise Water Levels (Michigan)
“Although water levels are showing signs of improvement, it will take Lake Michigan awhile to rise the two feet needed to return to average levels.”
UPDATE: August 15th, 2013
Texas town runs out of water after using it for fracking (Texas)
“In Barnhart’s case, the well appears to have run dry because the water was being extracted for shale gas fracking.”
^Plus another great article linked inside!