Sandra Postel can be reached by e-mail at: info at globalwaterpolicy.org.
Worth Thinking AboutAt this moment, we as a society are like the frog that chooses to stay in a warming pot of water as the heat is gradually turned up—unable to grasp the dire consequences of incremental change. Inch by inch, the water tables drop. Mile by mile, the rivers run dry. The trends are not good. Yet we stay the course, refusing to recognize that, for safety’s sake—for survival itself—a big change is necessary. We pretend not to know. Denial, as has been said, is not just a river in Egypt. It flows in every one of us. ---Sandra Postel
What’s Your Water Footprint?
The average American lifestyle is kept afloat by nearly 2,000 gallons of H2O a day—twice the global average.
Figure out your water footprint, then pledge to dry it out, joining other nationalgeographic.com users who have already committed to saving thousands of gallons.The more we save, the more water we leave for healthy ecosystems and a sustainable future. (Duck illustration: Robert Zimmerman)