Inception, how planting ideas grows meaningful change. Our decisions can bring change that creates either Abundance that we all want or Scarcity which most of us are trying to avoid, except for those to look to profit from it.
Can water be created or destroyed on planet earth?
No to both, it can only be managed in a sustainable or even regenerative ways creating abundance or mis-managed creating scarcity. This is encouraging because water has been in a continuous cycle of being used and dirtied then cleansed again throughout the history of the earth. This quote from Charles Fishman illustrates the point.
“And we only have that one allotment of water — it was delivered here 4.4 billion years ago. No water is being destroyed or created on Earth. So every drop of water that’s here has seen the inside of a cloud and the inside of a volcano, the inside of a maple leaf and the inside of a dinosaur kidney probably many times.” Pg. 17 of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
Fascinating isn’t it. One allotment, that kind of makes you want take better care of it. What I really like is that it can’t be destroyed. Water is very resilient. There is an ecology to the planet and their is an ecology to your body. But what I am discussing today is how both of these are effected by the ecology of water as it relates to Scarcity and Abundance.
In the words of Brad Lancaster:
“By cycling the water we infiltrate, conserve, and clean within our lives and landscapes, we empower ourselves to do far more with far less. So, more is available for everyone, creating abundance. We enhance our own water resources and those of others, especially those downstream and downslope. Rather than commodifying fresh water or turning it onto a limited-acess commodity to be bought, sold and hoarded, we communify it by working together to enhance our local water resources and manage their fair use and equal accessibility. As we enhance our natural resources within our own lives and throughout our neighborhoods, the “community watershed” and the community resources are enhanced many times over.
This must occur in the more water consumptive government, commercial, agriculture, and industry sectors as well as at home, but at home is where it begins because every government official, teacher, student, businessperson, farmer, and industry worker lives in a home. If we realize the potential or water harvesting at home where it is easiest to do so, we can realize it elsewhere, because we will have learned from direct experience, we will be motivated by our success, and we will be living the example we are trying to set. “Pg. 18 “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond”
By starting at home we can actually effect change on a much larger scale. It’s kind of like in the movie Inception where before implanting an idea into someones mind they had to strip an idea down to its most elemental form so that the person believed that it was their own idea and so it took root and changed the course of their life. Ideas are planted by people experiencing the power and the satisfaction of doing what is right for themselves and the planet, as those actions are witnessed then those ideas with move up into corporations and governments.
Because we are disconnected with where our water comes from and how it moves through our landscapes and lives we have handed over the control of it to someone else. This does not have to be so. To thrive in the coming years we as individuals have to take back both responsibility and thus control of our water. Great change happens when many people do small things consistently. Isn’t it great that you don’t have to wait for someone in Washington DC to do something?
If you want to stick it to the man put out a bucket or barrel and harvest some of your own rainwater today. It’ll do your body, soul and spirit good!