The Miracle Water Village — 9 Comments

  1. Water Wars is the name of the film Jim Burroughs produced. Jim’s daughter is a friend of Pepe the Polyp. Rain Burroughs lives in Richmond and is a Green political activist.

    “The nation of Bangladesh is prey to every threat from water known to man. To understand the plight of this downriver delta nation is to understand what all of us will face in the coming years. WATER WARS tells the story of this land at war with not only rising seas, but devastating floods and droughts -from India’s dams dumping their excess in the wet season and siphoning off river water in the dry season. And as Bangladesh sees less and less river water during the dry season it is forced to dig more wells going deeper, encountering arsenic poisoning that is filling hospitals and graveyards.” ….

  2. Good to hear about success in this manner. There’s a strong belief that future wars will be over water. Let’s hope the bull headed will learn from examples such as this before going to war.

  3. And now a water report in from Brazil. We find that the commercialization of the Brazilian coffee industry is/has ruined their land. Perhaps getting some tips from India wouldn’t be a bad idea.

    “Over 140 Brazilian cities have been pushed to ration water during the worst drought on record, according to a survey conducted by the country’s leading newspaper. Some neighborhoods only receive water once every three days.”

    BTW because of the low elevation (2,000′ -) the coffee is grown at, and the type of bean used to maximize 3 harvests per year, Brazilian coffee is known as “shit” coffee in the industry. This is as compared to Colombian coffee, which is grown above 6’000′, yielding 2 crops annually useing the Arabica bean, not the Brazilian Robusta.

  4. I enjoy hearing these stories of how rural communities have turned their lives around using enlightened resource management techniques. They serve as inspiration that can be adopted in communities world-wide.

    They used simple techniques that have developed far-reaching consequences. Drought continues to be a problem in many areas of my state and in several states in the US. Hopefully we will learn environmental conservation before we reach the irreversible desertification point.

    There have been some areas of China that has used similar water conservation techniques, coupled with permaculture, that have restored their environment. It is happening in the nation of Jordan, as well.

    • Thanks, that’s another good example showing how depleted land can be restored with simple techniques. I’ll probably use this in an upcoming blog post.

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