Marcus Van Hala 2015-04-10 02:47:41
PART ONE: AVERTING THREATS OF MAJOR WARS OVER WATER RIGHTS In the February issue of the this Journal series, we have looked at numerous fixes, that is, projects that have great potential to alleviate the worst effects of California’s greatest drought in the last 100 years. They’re all a part of what many are calling the Green Revolution, a movement gaining momentum across the planet taking aim at the design flaws which have led the way toward planetary ecological collapse. But there’s no guarantee that California’s San Joaquin Valley, once the model of agriculture for the 20th century, will not suffer catastrophic losses before any significant changes can be effected. The problem here, as it is in countless locations around the world, is water displacement: not enough where it is needed, and too much where it is not. Those who ask when this drought will end are implying the end will come when the weather patterns change, when the Pineapple Express makes its presence known once again. El Niño is a term not heard much in recent years perhaps because the stakes of this drought have grown unreasonably high. The time has come for a re-evaluation of our options as a state, as a nation, and as a species. Ever since the Industrial Revolution our best efforts and our best minds have been centered on the large scale conversion of natural resources into wealth. Is it now possible for our best efforts and our best minds to center on the value of those resources? The one resource we have always taken for granted is the rain. Most of us have grown up with this Scriptural reference firmly planted: the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. As a theological explanation for a meteorological phenomenon, it has played a part in our acceptance of rain as a blessing we do not deserve, or the lack of rain as a curse we must endure. The time has come to replace this paradigm with a new one: the rain falls, as it must fall, every day. In fact, it falls without ceasing. At every moment of every day, rain is falling somewhere, and there is better than a 72% chance it is falling in the ocean. There, in International Waters, is where we must go to harvest the resource that will liberate us from drought. Statistically, we have been playing a loser’s game for centuries. We’ve been betting that the 18% of the earth’s surface which are habitable will receive a dependable supply of rainfall; we have not seen the advantage of learning to collect rainfall from the 72% of the earth’s surface covered by the oceans. The odds have been stacked 4 to 1 against us. Is it any wonder that virtually every war in human history has an element of water rights attached to it?Human nature being what it is, we have always known the reason the grass is greener on the other side of the fence is because that’s where the rain chooses to fall. Seeing is not always believing; the truth may require all our powers of perception. SIGNS OF A NEW GEOLOGIC AGE For the first time in human history, mankind has the ability to track the rainfall and predict with absolute certainty the amount of pure, fresh water which may be harvested in any given hour of any given day. For the first time, the amount of rainwater available to satisfy our thirst, to water our crops, and grant life to our parched land, depends not on the caprice of nature, but on the open-mindedness and determination we bring to the problem. Will our best efforts and our best minds begin to focus on this new reality?There is reason to believe it is possible, even though the problem is of greater magnitude than anything we have ever faced before. Just as the ancient world gave rise to the city-state, which gave rise to the later growth of empires and the nation- state, so we in the 21st century are witnessing the emergence of the worldstate in which the power to permanently end drought is given to a central authority. The United Nations cannot function, and we may not survive, otherwise. Part two: Learning to Harvest the Rain
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