Mikhael Gorbachev

Mikhael Gorbachev: called for action on the scarcity of water and illuminated the simple fact that there “is no substitute” for it

Now that the environment is an issue on everyone’s table – having finally left the confines of what the public believes is the bearded lunatic fringe – it’s becoming an agenda for governments the world over. It’s unavoidable. The economics of water loss will impact hugely on farming, food prices and sustainability in vast stretches of the world, and southern Europe is already feeling the heat. A recent BBC piece detailing the impending scarcity of water shows that the good news behind this possible new calamity is prescient action from scientists and politicians.

At the recent World Water Forum in Marseille, the European Environmental Agency’s (EEA) executive director, Jacqueline McGlade said, “Nations need to use different kinds of methods. Instead of just having a hosepipe ban to fix this year’s problem, you need to invest in a very different way…long-term investment needs to recognise these different uses of how water is allocated, how it is used [and the need for] different water qualities.”

Even former Soviet president, Mikhael Gorbachev, was at the event and gave a speech calling for action on the scarcity of water and illuminated the simple fact that there “is no substitute” for it. He also made clear, in what he believes, is the interconnectivity of socio-political ideology and the current struggle to maintain adequate fresh water around the world, “The economy needs to be reoriented to goals that include public goods such as a sustainable environment, people’s health, education, culture and social cohesion, including an absence of glaring gaps between the rich and the poor.” You couldn’t ask for a more timely and topical answer, and also one that the EEA is working hard to help deliver guidance to governments on in 2012 – hoping to publish four more reports aimed at influencing policymakers by year’s end.

Written by Robin Cook

  • http://currierose.wordpress.com/about/ Currie Rose

    Thanks for sharing this. I was reminded of a book a friend lent me as I read through this, “The Great Disruption.” It is a good read about how debating the state of the environment is no longer an issue… it is actually a reality and it discusses how the changes will lead us to make many changes in our world, which will effect every level of the way in which we operate. I am interested to see what transpires from the issues we are facing…I know I am sort of a Pollyanna, but I really think a radical and positive paradigm shift which brings about more cooperation and peace will be the end result of how things are going.

  • http://finallygoodnews.wordpress.com Robin Cook

    Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on the subject Currie!

    “The Great Disruption” sounds like a very interesting book, and I must agree, nature will probably force us to start making some drastic changes in the way we live and operate.
    There are plenty of things we can start doing at home to help and start addressing our new “reality” (as you very nicely pointed out). When it comes to water we can: try to limit our shower time, use a dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand, and if we want to take some serious action we can even start recycling grey water for reuse…

    By the way, I’m glad to hear you’re sort of a Pollyanna, it’ll only do good for your health… :)

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    • http://finallygoodnews.wordpress.com Robin Cook

      Thanks Greenophilic!