When is it Too Late to Deal with Our Water Crisis?
“Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”
– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
As caregivers for a child or incapacitated individual, or even an animal, most of us would impose upon ourselves a measure of caution in choosing what we allow or administer to such a charge. Unfortunately, as caregivers for our planet and for ourselves, we have failed to exercise sufficient caution (primarily in the name of profit) in introducing new materials and processes into our environment and our bodies.
In science, a prudent researcher considers what is called the precautionary principle. The precautionary principle states that when there is reasonable suspicion of harm, lack of scientific certainty or consensus must not be used to postpone preventative action. In this we have failed many times over.
There is indeed a finite amount of water available on this planet. There will never be more that what we have been given. It is simple chemistry. If we add too much toxic material in the reaction cycle, we will reach a point of no return in the chemical response. The capacity of the water to buffer and detoxify will be passed. Unfortunately we do not as yet have the capacity to know where the point of no return exists in water pollution. But for we humans as the stewards of our fragile planetary ecosystem, the recent Gulf of Mexico oil-spill disaster should be our final wake up call.
As many scientists have pointed out, certainly the earth will ultimately survive massive water pollution, but an apathetic and ignorant human species might not. Nor might the majority of plant, animal and human life.
The Structure of Water
“Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes water and nobody knows what that is.” D. H. Lawrence
Even though we probably all learned about the basic structure of water in grade school, the understanding of the special properties of water has been the subject of much research in the last decade.
There is much debate about how many different crystalline structures water can assume, and what properties water may have to “remember,” information about what other substances pass through it. It has been confirmed that water can be imprinted with such information but, depending on what you read, the time water retains such information varies from nanoseconds to years.
Other researchers have suggested that the vibratory frequency of sounds and the intention behind those sound vibrations may also have an impact on the quality of the water, as well as what effects it has on the nourishment of human, animal and plant life. Look for all of these to remain as controversial issues for a long time to come.
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