Conservation is something we’re hearing a lot about these days. Because Earth has finite resources and we’re kind of using them up really fast. But, what if we didn’t conserve? what would happen? if the earth ran out of food and water.
So the good news is Earth isn’t going to run out of water any time soon. What do we have doesn’t exactly do a disappearing act it just changes. States evaporating into the atmosphere then raining or snowing back down.
The problem is most of that water about 77% is saltwater and the fresh water we need is mostly frozen at the poles. But some exists in rivers and streams which is good for us and those sources get replenished from rainfall which is even better. But as populations grow and more people rely on these sources we have to start literally digging into other resources.
Namely underground aquifers these subterranean wells carry us through droughts, so we don’t have to curb our habits. But new climate data is showing that we’re draining the largest water reserves in Africa Eurasia. And the Americas faster than they’re replenished by rain. So much of the groundwater we use is lost to evaporation or ends up in the oceans.
Meaning it doesn’t get reused and that’s leaving billions of people without clean water. Not only is there less water but these dwindling resources don’t exactly abide by geographic boundaries. So nations are fighting for control over limited resources and it’s sparking Wars.
The conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan began as a local dispute over access to clean water between African farmers and Arab pastoralists. Communities then it escalated into an all-out war that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced a million.
Since 2003 Yemen is also seeing increased riots over access to water in both cases. Water will solve the conflict but that magical peace bringing water doesn’t exactly exist. So, Who is the biggest user of water and the people?
Sleeing these shortages the most that would be farmers the people who also bring us food. As water becomes more scarce the price will go up which will in turn drive up food prices and when we’re in the same position with groups fighting for access to a vital but commodity.
We’re going to seafood Wars the same way we’re seeing water wars and war has a nasty habit of destroying land. Meaning we can destroy all our crops in the process leaving us with nothing at all to share. Once there is peace but don’t worry too much, scientists are already thinking about protecting us from ourselves.
With seed vaults there are vaults all over the world that store seeds to preserve genetic diversity of food and the global back up. Is the small barred global Seed Vault in Norway this will not only give us diverse food but it will give us a way to preserve our ecosystem so we can grow the crops that sustain us.
Because without some forethought into preserving our ecosystem well, we could go the way of the dinosaurs the earth will be fine our planet is pretty resilient us and the environment. That sustains us not so much so unless we want a future of wars over the snacks on your desk right now we should probably start taking conservation initiatives very seriously.