Water Crisis Management & How It Needs to Change
Climate change is perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. As our understanding of the scope of the problem continues to grow, our institutions and management systems have been forced to change. These changes are currently happening quite slowly. But they can be expected to accelerate dramatically in the next few years.
Water crisis management provides an illustrative example. This is a management system that has been woefully unprepared to meet the challenges of an escalating global water crisis.
As experts in farming and agriculture land loans, we hear a lot of discussion surrounding this matter. The ag community wants to know, how will water crisis management change in order to meet the challenges of the future?
In this article, we’ll explore the future of water crisis management and how agriculture land loans can help protect farmers.
Why Changes to Water Crisis Management Are Needed
In the past, water crisis management systems could confidently assume that climatic conditions would remain relatively static and stable. For this reason, there was rarely a demand to have to introduce sudden, sweeping change to their policies or procedures.
Today, the situation is a bit different. Climate change is intensifying, and as it does it’s producing a strain on the global water supply that is unprecedented. As this ecological trend continues, water crisis management systems can no longer safely rely on the old rulebook. In order to be effective, water crisis management becomes as dynamic as climate change itself.
What Can We Expect for the Future?
No one can say for certain exactly what water crisis management will look like in 2030. That said, there are a few reasonable speculations that can be made:
- It needs a more international approach. Global problems, after all, require global solutions.
- Systems need to provide solutions to an emerging wave of “water refugees.” (People who are displaced due to an inadequate water supply.)
- We need to be prepared to work with the scientific and agricultural communities to implement new, sustainable irrigation practices.
- Our society needs to be much more active in its efforts to persuade lawmakers to implement clean, sustainable technology.
- Policies need to inform and educate the public about the realities of an escalating water crisis.
What Can You Do?
Are you a farmer that’s concerned about the growing water shortage? Now may be a good time to look into conservative watering practices, desalination technology, and other operational changes that can lessen your dependence on fresh water. Talk to our ag loan experts today to learn more.
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