The Future Is Now the Present

Climate Bellwether? With Cape Town Almost Out of Water, "Day Zero" Looms

Is this a foretaste of the future in the present? Don't say we weren't warned. Water is the one thing taken most for granted and the one thing we can't live without. We will see this scenario playing out in other places globally and we are not prepared on a global scale to face it.

I have been on hiatus the last year due to my Stage IV cancer. My journey is not over although my last CT scan showed no sign of disease after six cycles of chemotherapy and major surgery last summer. I still have scans,tests and appointnents more than likely for the rest of my life with the fear of recurrence. However, I remain positive. The road has been long and a test of my inner strength. It has also reinforced just how precious life is and how truly blessed we are to be alive. Water is essential to that life which is why I have always tried to advocate as best I can for preservation, conservation and water justice.

As we look on the state of our world today we see the force of anthropogenic climate change being exerted on resources to a breaking point. War, displacement, pollution and a general lack of concern by governments for preserving this life resource as well must bring us to speaking out for our Earth and those unable to speak.

I as an American can say I am proud of those marching and speaking out against intolerance and injustice. Especially in the wake of our government being infiltrated by intolerant xenophobes in league with the very interests intent on destroying our oceans and water sources for profit. Social injustice is an injustice to all and to our climate, water, land and the web of life.

What is now happening in Cape Town is not a warning of the future, it is the reality of our present. Like the cancer that wracked my body, a cancer is taking hold of our Earth in large part due to the cancer of the soul. Healing that cancer of the soul is imperative in healing the cancer of our planet.

Comments

Jim said…
Hi Jan, Glad to see you posting again & thrilled to hear of your brave recovery from such serious health problems. Thanks for continuing to raise water awareness in these troubling times. Best of luck as you continue to heal! Jim