Today we are going to be thinking about water and water policy in North Carolina, in Mexico, and around the world.
Water issues are the same for most governments: water quantity – do we have enough water; water quality – is our water safe to drink; water transfers – do we have good ways of getting our water from an area with too much to an area with too little; water infrastructure – is the way we get water to homes and businesses efficient and what happens with water that has been used; and water planning – do we have a system in place that assures we preserver this asset for future generations. But, these issues play out very differently across the world because within countries or states, water can be inconveniently distributed, and with water comes power.
Water is the all-important natural resource. All of us depend on water resources for everything from drinking, growing food, washing, irrigation, and recreation to manufacturing, mining, navigation, and electricity generation.
Universally, people worry about water. It is the ultimate renewable resource, but most of it has to be provided locally and that can be challenging. Many think it will be the defining policy issue of the 21st century.
#GlobalTeachers — what are your thoughts on water? Use the tool below to agree or disagree with a set of statements. Once you’ve responded to three statements, you’ll have the chance to add your own for others to consider. Press the black “Next” button below to get started.