Water — our most precious resource

2018-05-30 06:02

ACCESS to fresh water is a basic human right, but as water users, we have a responsibility to use water resources in a manner that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

Should society choose not to heed the warning that water is an increasingly threatened resource, the consequences will be dire.

It has been predicted that wars of the future will be fought over access to water.

All of this paints a very bleak picture for humankind.

Humankind often resorts to a victim mentality by laying blame at the doorstep of governments or faceless organisations.

Alternatively, we justify inaction with the reasoning that, as an ordinary citizen there is nothing one can do to change the situation.

Martin Luther King Jnr said: “For evil to succeed, all it takes is for good men to remain si- lent.”

Professor Mark Dent of the Alliance for Water Stewardship is the South African representative of a group of good men and women who choose not to remain silent and apathetic but who strive actively to connect organisations, communities and individuals in leading the way towards the responsible and sustainable use of fresh water.

Dent, who has strong links to Greytown through the Harris family, is an accomplished academic and dynamic speaker.

On June 7, he will be presenting a thought-provoking talk titled “Water — the No. 1 Global Risk; leading ourselves out of the hole”, in which he will explain the role of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and what is being done by large corporate organisations as well as individuals to protect vital water resources.

This topic is pertinent to everyone who uses water in any way. The Greytown Garden Club is delighted to host a presenter of this calibre to share his enthusiasm, encouraging ideas and experience with the community of Greytown.

The meeting takes place at the Greytown Country Club on June 7 at 5.30 pm for 6 pm.

After the presentation, a chicken breyani with sambals will be served and drinks can be purchased from the bar.

Tickets cost R75 per person are available at both the RTS and Greytown Country Club.

These must be purchased by May 31 to facilitate catering numbers.

Contact Julie at 082 416 9166 or Jen at 082 921 2134 should you have any queries.

The Greytown lake water level on Monday, May 28, was 65,74%.

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