31.12.12

ENGAGING THE GLOBAL THREATS

With about 40% of the world population being expected to live in water-scarce regions by 2025 and electrical consumption of water sectors projected to increase by 30% for the next 20 years, it’s very important to integrate the discourse of water-energy needs in the global platform. We obviously have to strike a balance between elevating the discussion to more comprehensive alternatives down to implementing it in the grass roots through simple and engaging community solutions.

In light of the global threat, what steps can individuals, businesses or world leaders take to address the most pressing and often interrelated water and energy challenges? And with the current trend of internationalization that we have in status quo, how much of a unity is worth commending when it comes to individual efforts and accumulating them up to a global endeavor?
We need to look at the lens of water being an eminent source of energy, where foundation of human existence is centralized. By the very basic fact of it, utilization of any other form of energy is hinged on the ability of humans to control and harness potentials. Increasingly, water and energy scarcity is a global phenomenon and it affects millions of people all over the world.
Thus, what are we going to do to solve the water and energy threats that the globe is facing?
Sustainability is a big key in our options. We need to layer out where the problems exist and start from there.Plus, we have to make the move bigger so that everyone could freely contribute in the process.
All of us, whether we be national leaders, ambassadors, social media actors, teachers and all, are community individuals ourselves. Therefore, we have an utmost responsibility to contribute in our very own localities given our ability to consume and pose the threat in supplementing our needs. This stands on the idea that humanity is the greatest threat to environment but also its greatest hope. So whatever action we do being community individuals, we’re already contributing to the global process. The only answer is to harness the immediate solutions around us being ourselves, utilizing the influence and resources that we have in hand.
Business leaders can always introduce eco-friendly solutions in the private sphere without compromising their ability to forward their very own corporate interests. It’s currently happening with private actors tying up with the government in giving incentives to water-conservation efforts or alternative energy innovations. Perfect examples of which are the water-fuelled car which directly derives it energy from water and the Green awards that provide recognition and merits to those who have done exceptional efforts for the environment.
On the other hand, the best that world leaders can do is to enable empowerment of communities, organizations and even local actors who think of the solutions available at hand. It can range from sustenance of research centers that put remarkable lights in saving energy, aids of patent applications and recognition to scientists, down to provision of scholarships to experts who have made remarkable advancements in creating technologies for the treatment of waste water, and all other things. We can also tap on a rich multimedia content in amplifying education about water conservation efforts.
All in all, it still trails back to being the individual that we are in our communities. If it means going beyond what we are now, we should willingly take that to escalate the movement into another level. We all have an indirect accountability with each other, and that means direct accountability to the place where we live. All of us are agents of change, and we create the pieces of that movement.

This is an entry to the Masdar Engage Blogging Contest. 

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