James G Workman: Heart of Dryness

Learn about James Workman’s work and his book Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought:

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  1. Bonnie Chen

     /  02/03/2012

    After James’ talk this past Monday, I was wondering if anyone thought that his idea was a bit too idealistic. I felt that what he was doing is good and it is important to have people understand the value of water. However, I felt that his project wouldn’t be applicable on a large city such as Los Angeles. What about how much time people will use for this program, how will people get educated about it, and how people will get these water meters? Will these meters be free and subsidize?

    I just find this project to be targeted to a certain demographic of people. I think there is a need for people to act on their own greed, but I don’t think it’s enough for people to change their habits.

  2. Jonathan M.

     /  20/05/2012

    As Bonnie said, this project may be targeted at a specific demographic region, but i think what we need to take in account is how people are comig up with proposition for water scarcity. That problem will shape the politics of the 21 Century, according to the professor Frédéric Lasserre, who teaches a very interesting course “Politics of the Water” at the Laval University.

    I dont think there is a proposition on how to prevent water scarcity, or how to fight it, that could be applied globally. Each region must be adressed individually. More importantly is important to evoke awareness on this issue, which in my opinion has been underestimated. Mostly because we take for granted the usage and consumption of clean water. However the number of countries facing this problem is increasing.

    Take for example China, water scarcity in the North China Plain questions the very survival of many rural communities. The government decided to build the south-North Water Transfer from the Yangze River to the region, but it will not be enough to satisfy the whole growing demand for water. These problems are likely to rock the stability of any consolidated government.

    Not only do government need to think on how to tackle this problem internally, rather come up with cooperative agreements with regional actors (governments, NGOS, etc), as the problem will be faced by all the world.


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