Taking Stock (Pt. 2: Water)[reprinted from and written by Adbusters]Derived from the Greek word oikos, meaning household, ecology is - both etymologically and literally - the study of our home. Economics shares the same linguistic history - it is also derived from the work oikos - and relates to the allotment of goods within that home. The words ecology and economy are inextricably linked and, taken together, relate to the management of our global household.If we genuinely assess our world’s natural inventory, how well do we rate as planetary managers?Water: D-It used to be that we turned our taps and clean, potable water came spilling out. Now shortages and contamination - or, worse, no water at all - are becoming commonplace. India is facing a drought of such magnitude that it would have been inconceivable just a few decades ago. And as populations exert an ever-increasing demand on an ever-decreasing supply, the likelihood of disease, mass migration and even armed conflict multiplies. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named "water wars" as the century’s preeminent threat to humanity.

Taking Stock (Pt. 2: Water)
[reprinted from and written by Adbusters]

Derived from the Greek word oikos, meaning household, ecology is - both etymologically and literally - the study of our home. Economics shares the same linguistic history - it is also derived from the work oikos - and relates to the allotment of goods within that home. The words ecology and economy are inextricably linked and, taken together, relate to the management of our global household.

If we genuinely assess our world’s natural inventory, how well do we rate as planetary managers?

Water: D-

It used to be that we turned our taps and clean, potable water came spilling out. Now shortages and contamination - or, worse, no water at all - are becoming commonplace. India is facing a drought of such magnitude that it would have been inconceivable just a few decades ago. And as populations exert an ever-increasing demand on an ever-decreasing supply, the likelihood of disease, mass migration and even armed conflict multiplies. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named "water wars" as the century’s preeminent threat to humanity.

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