Global warming is just round the corner

With a bucket full of clothes to clean and no water in the tap, I start pondering about times when there will actually be no water on the earth. As newspapers make it a point to include one such item about global warming every other day, concerns about a forever water shortage are only heightened.

However, as I shuffle through the morning newspaper, there isn’t any attribution of this ceased water supply to global warming; instead it is the high levels of ammonia in water, upto 4 ppm, that has led to the closure of Wazirabad and Chandrawal water projects in Delhi.

Although, for a layman, tantalised with the lethal effects of global warming, the high levels of ammonia in water too may be one of the effects – of global warming; who knows, until proved otherwise by scientists.

Scientists too are unambiguous about the causes and effects of this phenomenon. Looks like countries, corporates and people in a capacity to influence are influencing scientists’ corroboration according to their degree of comfortability.

Now who is to be believed? Who isn’t to be believed?

My take is that global warming has already set in. Last summer was a way too hot and prolonged as well. Last year, winter descended very late. Monsoons were delayed. It rained heavily at a time when it was least expected. And this year winter has come way too early. Isn’t that one of the many symptoms of global warming – erratic seasons.

Not long ago, during the good old days, seasons used to be so well differentiated. Summers were on time. So were winters. There was a day or two of raining, which embarked the arrival of a new season.

So now that the word is out, shan’t we start preparing for the times when there will actually be no water. May be scientists then will invent ways of living with minimal water- like there will be special clothes that will not require cleaning; small blue tablets will suffice your thirst each day; tissues will find more use than in the loos; temple priests will not require you to bathe before entering the temple; plants will be hybridised to do away with the need for watering; cars will be dry-cleaned just as clothes, and water will be valued as much as gold. People would have special lockers in banks for storing their prized catch of water. Water riots will increase. People would seldom come out of their home to avoid dehydration in open sun.

Looks like times are really tough ahead. Who knows if the scientists then are able to find such solutions? Or that we are actually able to get accustomed to the new ways.

Instead of preparing for a bad future, can’t we do something in the present that stops the bad future from emerging. Precaution is always better than cure. Is it so hard to stop the wastage of water? Now that there is no water in the taps, I complete all the chores in less than two buckets of water (because I have to draw those two buckets from a handpump few blocks away). Why not the same care when the taps are running?

Also we seldom practise care for our rivers that we otherwise consider sacred.Would one have done the same to the water that they use for drinking or bathing? Isn’t that double standards that we are resorting to. If this continues, and people (that includes me and you) don’t take it as a personal issue to keep the water around them clean, and not waste the water resources available to them, there soon will be no water available on the earth.

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