Pope Warns of Global Water War
The Pope pointed to a UN report that, "nearly 663 million people lack ready access to improved sources of drinking water, while the number of people without reliable access to water of good enough quality to be safe for human consumption is at least 1.8 billion.” (source)
Before diving into the issue of the world's water supply, I think it is important to say that the Pope should try to figure out what is going on in his own church before he starts talking about the ethical thing that people should do on a global scale.
With that being said, there is no doubt that the world will eventually run into a problem with its water supply. No, this is not a conspiracy theory based off of the movie Interstellar. Countries like Qatar are already using 5 times the amount of ground water that gets replenished each year, and the number goes up as the population does. Experts suggest that Qatar will be out of water sometime between 2020 and 2030. Desalination plants and other ways of cleaning previously undrinkable water will have to make extreme progress in order for nations like this to feed their people.
Approximately one quarter of the world relies on ground water for drinking. When the water gets contaminated, one of two things happened. In countries like the US, it can be taken to plants to be turned back into water that humans can use. Although, in third world countries, a lot of the population has no other option but to try to clean it themselves. This rarely works. An example of a third world water situation is Flint, MI. Wait, that's in the United States. I forgot.
While I disagree with a lot of what the Pope stands for, he has been pretty environmentally cautious and hit the nail on the head with his concerns here.
For those who don't concern themselves with global welfare and helping others: when the ground water starts to run out, food prices go up. They go up because the famers in the country cannot make enough to feed the population and the people have their food imported from other areas of the world. These prices are dictated by the country that you are trading with and can go up and down depending on circumstances. Sometimes, if you really need the food, you're going to have to have to pay more than you'd like.
The draining of the aquifers often lead to the changing of the landscape above it. We have seen it happen in California, where some farms have sunk over 9 feet because the aquifers have been drained so deeply. The United States uses over two thirds of its own ground water on agriculture. Most of the crops grown are used to feed the plethora of cows, pigs, and other domesticated animals that we use and eat.
|An example of sinking in California|
Everything is connected when talking about the water supply. Without it, obviously, humanity can't go on. But I'm not trying to come across as a doomsday predictor or prepper. I just think that more people should be aware of the fact that with our world's growing population, water is running out. It is running out quicker than I had previously thought possible.
So, you can see that this is truly a global problem. I just think it is funny that someone with the means to fix said problem with money and investment is doing nothing but talking about it. Pope Francis and the rest of the Catholic church need think about selling the works of art as a start. It's scary to think, but if desalination and clean water plants really don't make a significant improvement within the next few years, we may have a problem.