In a largely forgettable piece titled, “Dear Mom”, penned years ago by Katie Lee, she suggests that population increase is at fault for many of our difficulties with the availability of natural resources.
The piece follows the theme of, “There once was a woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children she didn’t know what to do."
Population may be one of the problems we face, but problems with water will surely be an attendant difficulty.
Evidence of this is considerable, mostly by rising water rates.
We tend to view the minor increases in our utility rates and accept it without question. We don’t consider that the stuff we are charged for is…or will be…in short supply. That’s our capitalistic system…we get fair warning.
Ask Katie and she will tell you that the world (as we know it) is ending.
Query Charles Bowden and he’ll tell you that thirst is one of the least desirable ways to die.
What disturbs me is that we are balancing a variable such as population with a finite resource such as water.
I have little confidence that we’ll fuck less. I have all confidence that when we’re thirsty we’ll turn the tap and expect water.
It will end. Just ask Katie.