The world faces an unprecedented crisis in water resources management, with profound implications for global food security, protection of human health, and maintenance of all ecosystems on Earth. Large uncertainties still plague quantitative assessments of climate change impacts and water resource management, but what is known for certain is that the climate is changing and that it will have an effect on water resources. Therefore increased efforts will be needed to plan and manage water supplies in future, through increased monitoring and understanding of the interrelationships between population size, climate change and water availability I order to bring about water security. Without water security, social, economic and national stability are imperiled.
Individuals need to realise that the choices that they make, the lifestyles that they live, the food that they eat and nearly every other component of their lives has a direct affect on the environment. We need to accept that as a species are living our lives based on a on a linear system in a planet that only has access to finite resources. It is therefore so important that we cannot continue pumping water from the ground without thought to how it may be restored in years to come. The human race faces a challenge that could see the end of life on Earth. We need to adopt the approach of environmental justice discourse by prioitising the rights of nature as being of equal importance to human rights. (Hannigan, J. 1995)
Fortunately, the human race has a reputation for having the irrepressible ability to adapt in times of great adversity by rising to meet great challenges. We need to realise that it is not too late to make the necessary changes and that even in our own personal capacity, we have the ability to change the world.