Due to lack of water in parts of Peru, locals are forced to harvest fog to convert it into a usable resource. The world water shortage is a crisis and we need to look at the right side of the issue.
There are many developments taking place around the world that are acts of desperation. The issues often go unrealized because we focus upon the innovations that people are using for the sake of survival. We’re focused too greatly upon just how resourceful people are being rather than looking at the reasons why they are forced into commiting those acts that they do in order to get by day after day.
A recent example of this surrounds world water shortages, and all of those individuals globally who lack access to clean water for drinking, cleaning and other essential functions. In Peru, one of the countries that suffers greatly from lack of water, their resourcefulness was heavily publicized in the media as they attempted to convert fog to usable water.
The reality is that the people of Peru did come up with a great innovation out of desperation; managing to trap fog and slowly filter it into the local drainage pipes that provide the resource to the region. But, while much of the world wrote about just how incredible it was for a country to come up with this, the most important matter was only skimmed over and that’s the fact that they just don’t have the water.
Other media articles mentioned that Peru is threatened because of lack of water, and that it’s a hot commodity that goes for a high price to those that can afford it. But that just isn’t enough; where are the solutions; where is the mention that this is a great temporary solution to improve the water crisis in Peru, but won’t provide long-term benefits?
It’s important to note that there’s a big difference between putting a bandaid over an environmental problem and actually solving it. This is one of the world’s greatest environmental issues – so let’s put our focus where it truly matters.
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