Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Will Man ever understand?

I think there are 2 kind of not-wanting-to-understanding: the things we truly cannot understand (I mean I don't understand the whole God-Creation-Universe thing for exemple) and then there are things we prefer to ignore: like the misuse of water. It is news to nobody that water is priceless.

Well, ecological problems also exsits in this corner of earth - and scientist are warning that if nothing is done river Jordan is drying out. When in 100 years, 10 years? No, next year. I mean, it cannot come as surprise for anybody that our rivers are disappearing when the countries around them are just pumping out water and are doing nothing in return - but as very often Man prefer to look the other way. This river is running out of water because it is polluted, overexploited and now has lost 98% of its flow. River Jordan is mentioned several times in the old testatement, this is the river where Jesus came and got baptised. And what? in 50 years (or less I don't know) we have managed to destroy it. I say "we", cause even if I wasn't here, well I feel, we are all responsible in one way or the other. We all know that water is a big problem in many areas around the globe, and yet most of us don't treat it with the respect it deserves, but are more thinking about our own comfort! We all are - we like our swimming pools, hot tubs, to have a clean car...

EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East have just launched a project to rehabilitate the Jordan river and arise awarness of what is happening to this important ecosystem. They are going to channel freshwater back into the river. This river is used by Israel, Syria, Jordan & Palestine - which means that these countries have all to agree... but they can't agree on so much else, so are they really going worry about a river?

2 comments:

Mary and Sean said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. How exciting that you are in Jordan, and with a little baby too. That's certainly an adventure. How have you been adjusting to such a new place?

Regarding this post about water, it's true that most people are very blase about the most basic pressing needs, including water! I lived in a desert for 2 years where water was rationed, so you better believe i'm extremely careful with it now.

Babs said...

It has been quite easy actually! We really like it here :) I can't believe we have been here 4 months already. wow 2 years in the desert? You certainly do have an other way to look at water I am sure. Maybe some should be send to the desert for a retreat!

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