Water, the lifeline……
Water is essential for all dimensions of life. Over the past few decades, use of water has increased, and in many places water availability is falling to crisis levels. More than eighty countries, with forty percent of the world’s population, are already facing water shortages, while by year 2020 the world’s population will double. The costs of water infrastructure have risen dramatically. The quality of water in rivers and underground has deteriorated, due to pollution by waste and contaminants from cities, industry and agriculture. Ecosystems are being destroyed, sometimes permanently. Over one billion people lack safe water, and three billion lack sanitation; eighty per cent of infectious diseases are waterborne, killing millions of children each year.
World Bank Institue
WATER POLICY REFORM PROGRAM
“The pancha mahabhuta, or “five great elements”, of Hinduism are kshiti or bhūmi (earth), ap or jala (water), tejas or agni (fire), marut or pavan (air or wind), vyom or shunya or akash (aether or void). Hindus believe that all of creation, including the human body, is made up of these five essential elements and that upon death, the human body dissolves into these five elements of nature, thereby balancing the cycle of nature.
According to one of the principal texts of Hindu philosophy, the Tattwa Kaumudi authored by Vachaspati in the 9th century A.D., the Creator used akasha (ether), the most “subtle” element, to create the other four traditional elements; each element created is in turn used to create the next element, each less subtle than the last. The five elements are associated with the five senses, and act as the gross medium for the experience of sensations.
The basest element, earth, created using all the other elements, can be perceived by all five senses – hearing, touch, sight, taste, and smell. The next higher element, water, has no odor but can be heard, felt, seen and tasted. Next comes fire, which can be heard, felt and seen. Air can be heard and felt. “Akasha” (ether) is the medium of sound but is inaccessible to all other senses.”
– Classical Five Elements – Wikipedia
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water
– LORAN EISELY,
Water has become a highly precious resource. There are some places where a barrel of water costs more than a barrel of oil.
Every peasant is proud of the pond in his village because from it he measures the sea.
– Russian proverb
When you drink the water, remember the spring
No one can see their reflection in running water.
It is only in still water that we can see.
– Taoist proverb
Water is the one substance from which the earth can conceal nothing; it sucks out its innermost secrets and brings them to our very lips.
Of all our planet’s activities–geological movements, the reproduction and decay of biota, and even the disruptive propensities of certain species (elephants and humans come to mind)–no force is greater than the hydrologic cycle.
RICHARD BANGS and CHRISTIAN KALLEN, Rivergods, 1985
“Water is the driver of Nature.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”
– John Updike
Truths are first clouds; then rain, then harvest and food.”
– Henry Ward Beecher
Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water;
she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.
– Francis of Assisi, Canticle of the Sun
Rain does not fall on one roof alone.
– Proverb from Cameroon
I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain;
What a wonderful feeling, I’m happy again.
– Arthur Freed
It is water, in every form and at every scale, that saturates the mind.
All the water that will ever be is, right now.
– National Geographic
Freedom alone is not enough without light to read at night,
without time or access to water to irrigate your farm,
without the ability to catch fish to feed your family.
– Nelson Mandela
Do not bathe if there is no water.
– Shan proverb
We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
– Jacques Cousteau
Day after day we looked for rain, and day after day we saw
nothing but the sun. Lavender that we had planted in the spring
died. The patch of grass in front of the house abandoned
its ambitions to become a lawn and turned into the dirty yellow
of poor straw. The earth shrank, revealing its knuckles and
bones, rocks and roots that had been invisible before.
– Peter Mayle
“By 2025, at least 3.5 billion people – about half the world’s populations – will live in areas without enough
water for agriculture, industry, and human needs… Worldwide, water quality conditions appear to have
degraded in almost all regions with intensive agriculture and in large urban and industrial areas.”
– World Resources Institute, October 2000