With a combination of over-use and growing climate change effects causing the Jordan River to dwindle to a trickle, people in Syria, Israel and Jordan are suffering as their governments debate water rights.
Residents of Jordan often have the resource available only twice a week. Director of environmental organization Friends of the Earth Middle East, Gidon Bromberg, stated, “The river's almost been destroyed because of the ...competition.”
Meanwhile, Lake Mead, which provides water to northern Mexico and the southwestern US states of Arizona, Nevada and California, has declined to 40% of capacity, the lowest since the reservoir was created in the 1930s.
Having just endured an 11-year drought, the lake dropped another 15 feet in the past five months. US scientist and Lake Mead expert Dr. Tim Barnett, who forecast two years ago that the giant reservoir could run dry by 2021, stated, "It's a clear warning." Our appreciation, Mr. Bromberg, Dr. Barnett and colleagues for your work in alerting us to alarming scarcity of water across the globe. Let us join in quickly adopting more conserving and considerate practices as we also strive for planet-cooling measures to reverse climate change.
During an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master China Hai spoke with concern over such crises, highlighting the importance of more conscientious stewardship of our world’s limited resources.