Our world is in dire need of a fresh new supply of water
Fortunately, the ice in the Arctic is beginning to melt
What we now need is a
Global Watering System
to bring this unpolluted fresh water from the Arctic to places that really need it.
In other words, everywhere!
To Whomever It Concerns:
Over 2 billion people around the world don't have access to clean water, many parts of the world are experiencing water shortages, and once fertile land has become arid. Yet hundreds of thousands of liters of fresh, unpolluted water are melting into the oceans. This is usable water simply going to waste!
Fortunately, we are beginning to gain access to this much-needed water that has been “locked up” in ice form for many thousands of years. This is a great achievement and a reason for celebration, because more than 69% of the world’s fresh water is located in glaciers and icecaps, still waiting to be tapped. The Greenland ice-sheet alone contains eight times the amount of water in all the lakes, rivers, and streams combined! The fresh (albeit polluted) water currently available to humans accounts for a mere 1% of all the world's supply of fresh water. The remaining 30% is ground water, which is fine where it is since it won’t melt and cause ocean levels to rise, displacing millions of people and creating world-wide catastrophe.
Something must be done BEFORE we lose too much valuable water into the oceans!
A global plan of action would involve (among other things - see the first comment below) redistributing water from the melting polar icecaps to the rest of the world. Implement such a plan and ocean levels won't rise, everyone in the world will get the freshwater they need, and the nations of the world would have worked together to solve a problem that knows no borders.
The main impediment is not one of engineering; it is getting all nations of the world working together towards a common goal. Ultimately, this is the inconvenient truth! As a global community facing a global crisis, we must therefore ask ourselves: Are we willing to overcome the minor inconveniences that arise from working together, so that we can avoid the major inconveniences that would arise if we don’t?