Water scarcity grows in urgency in many regions as population growth, climate change, pollution, lack of investment, and management failures restrict the amount of water available relative to demand. To underscore the critical water problem for American Indians, the following two articles were submitted by
Water Running on Empty -
Unlike global warming, the
crisis is right here, right now.
Much of the world already knows that it is possible to live without oil, but that it is impossible to live without water. Al Jazeera asks how long it will be before the US is running on empty. That reality is dawning upon people across the US as the country faces unprecedented water shortages.
Pollution has made 40 per cent of the country's rivers and lakes unsafe to swim in, yet alone drink from.
For example, a large hamburger
takes 2,000 gallons of water to
produce while a round of golf
costs approximately 4,000
gallons of water.
Leaving the tap on while brushing your teeth or shaving uses an estimated 350 gallons, which is the daily per capita consumption of water in most African countries.
"Water Wars Out West:
Keep What You Catch!"
The Hopi Paatuwaqatsi Run -- Water is Life
Bucky Preston, founder of the Paatuwaqatsi Run, an annual event in Hopi country that features a 30-mile course through the high desert says "... water is being abused and is depleting. In some places, it is gone and I want to bring awareness to the people.” The Paatuwaqatsi Run, since its inception, is based on these cultural values to remind the Hopi community of these teachings. The run also invites other cultures to learn from this and share their values about life enrichment and the role that water and running plays in their lives. Everything at Hopi involves water—water is life. http://www.waterislife.org
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