Water dominates our newsfeed this month – and appropriately so. Observing how Capetonians respond to the drought and threat of Day Zero is so interesting. Those who have been switched on for a long time take it in their stride, find creative ways to respond.
If you love a challenge, then you were made for these times. Rise to the occasion.
The more entitled you have been living your life, the harder the resistance now. We cannot undo climate change at this late stage. We now have to deal with the consequences, whilst at the same time not losing the focus on the vision – a liveable future for our and future generations. So don’t for a second forget about energy and ditching the fossil fuels from your life.
Theewaterskloof Dam photo by Barry De Villiers
We can either respond – and DO something to mitigate our footprints right away – or we can react and blame the world and his aunt. Of course the government, local, provincial and national, did not heed climate leaders’ and water experts’ warnings over the years. But all of us with running water are responsible to a degree. You could read my personal response here. If we would all decide to tackle this bull by the horns and turn off those taps, who knows what we could still manifest.
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