Good Evening, God
I keep thinking “Water water EVERYWHERE but not a drop to drink.” And I give a rueful snort. Here we are on Planet Earth — the oceans are rising and we are depleting our ancient aquifers way too fast. This maps shows our Earth’s 37 largest aquifers and the orange and red ones are depleted. . . having little or no replenishment.
Not too surprisingly folks are ANGRY in these areas. Yemen for example has tap water available one day in four. A great way to have revolutions and terrorists.
This information was stumbled upon a few weeks ago in the Princeton Alumni Magazine March 16, 2016 issue. I really didn’t want to know this. I’ve heard about drought. I know about ground water and aquifers. What I did NOT know was that the California central valley aquifers were formed during the Pleistocene Epoch. We are not forming them now. And a few good wet years isn’t going to fix things.
At first I was overwhelmed by hopelessness. As in Duh! Why wouldn’t I be. But, God, you have made me a Biological Optimist. Like it or not, I tug at problems. Hm. What can we do? Why haven’t we started? Oh? Australia HAS started. And they are trying to encourage California. Meanwhile, Turkey as damed the Euphrates River and cut the water to farmers in Syria and Iraq. Hm. Is that related to problems there?
Like most folks I want to blame someone . . . blame leaders . . . blame media (for not helping me “GET” this). Blame all the “people in charge” . . . I want to blame SOMEONE.
Sigh. What about me? What am I doing? And what are World Leaders Doing? Hmm. World Leaders? Thank You, God, for Pope Francis’ book The Name of God is Mercy and for June saying that Your Middle Name is HOPE. I need that. . .