Water is Life: Stories of Hardship and Hope
When I arrived in Uzbekistan, I was unaware that scarcity of water was a large issue in the country – affecting everyone in some way from a political, economic and social point of view.
Of course, there are many factors that have left many people feeling the intense burden of accessing water. It is evident that changing climate has strained the amount of water flowing into reservoirs and downstream. Again, it only takes one look at the Aral Sea to know that dramatic effects of water loss can be felt in a short period of time.
Water is a precious. “Water is life” or “Su bu hayot”, in Uzbek, was a sentence I heard often and with full conviction. As I moved away from the capital to the regions of Uzbekistan, I felt both the absence and critical need for water.
Given the importance of water – the lack of it, the need to conserve it, the need to share the message that “water is life” – I will be visiting many projects that in some way talk about water. I will meet with farmers who share their reflections about what water is for them. I will also learn about the different ideas, innovations, and work that is being done to ensure that everyone has access to clean and safe water.
I read once that the greatest “silent crisis” of our time is the water crisis. I wonder if this is true if I will feel the severity of the crisis myself?
You might be tired of hearing the word “water” after several blog posts, but I am certain that each person I encounter will have a different relationship with water. Learning their stories will help to piece the reality of the shortage but also to appreciate how many hands are coming together to take action to save water.