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Circle of Blue's J. Carl Ganter spoke to me about the global water shortage and why he is traveling with top journalists and scientists to tell the most important story of the planet: the fresh water crisis.
When J. Carl Ganter took photos for National Geographic, he would stay with his subjects for an intimate glimpse into their lives. Today he's busy putting faces to the global water crisis.
Ganter is the managing director of Circle of Blue, an organization that uses journalists and scientists to report on global water issues. Recently, I spoke to Ganter at the Compass Summit in Los Angeles.
At the conference, Ganter told me that we face a global fresh water crisis right now. It's complicated. It's a health issue -- children die when they don't have access to clean drinking water.
Water runs through our economies. Without water, we wouldn't have silicon chips, the ability to generate energy, or supply agriculture with enough water for food.
Without water, our economies and lives are at stake. Some stories Gartner shared with me included his trip to Australia to capture the drought and his journey to China to find out how the country's growth might impact the supply of water.
Photo: J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue
Nov 22, 2011
Lack of fresh water in any area has not stopped people from making more people. Where I live, we have more than enough clean fresh water, partly because the multitudes would rather procreate somewhere else.
One and a half million children around the world die each year from the lack of safe drinking water, and yet we can feed and water cows, pigs, chickens and other animals without any problem. The burger you are eating is responsible, both directly and indirectly, for the death of some human. The collapse of our modern society might be the result of a war for resources, one of which will be clean water. Fresh water may be a self-limiting factor for the reduction in population growth, which may not reach the projected 9 billion within a few years. Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?
The problem is massive population growth in places where water is scarce; not the fact that we're not all vegetarians. If every single American were to give up meat tomorrow, not a single person now lacking safe drinking water will get an extra drop.