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Water, water, everywhere: not allowed to use it

01.19.32

Water, water everywhere: not allowed to use it

The hosepipe ban introduced in England earlier this year was the signal for it to rain for months on end. Soaked commuters on London platforms faced posters of cracked dry earth stating: ‘none of us can make it rain but we can all use less water’. Should we focus on demand management by encouraging people to limit their consumption of water or would it make more sense to put in place the infrastructure necessary to meet our current consumption needs and even those of future generations?  And what of the third world, where lack of access to water can have far more serious implications than a hosepipe ban? What solutions are there to make sure that in the future there is enough water to meet the needs of the whole world?  Speakers include: Chris Binnie, Dr. Caspar Hewett, David Lloyd Owen and Andy Wales.

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Piotr said:

Some on the platform here are using the argument that ‘the planet will just give up if we carry on as we are’ as if it has some kind of consciousness. At least it is used to imply that there’s a limit to our attempts to develop infrastructure. The other points about imagination regarding development are, to me the most important.