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The Chinese character for crisis is said to be the same for opportunity. “Water is a powerful unifying resource.” Mark Twain humorously and profoundly said, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” Scarce resources upon which the human race depends upon for survival are perennial causes of contention, conflict, violence, and cooperation. No resource is as needful as water for survival.
To grasp the importance of water, consider the following. It takes:
- 62,000 Gallons of water to make a ton of steel
- 39,000 Gallons of water to manufacture a complete car
- 3,000 Gallons of water to make one semiconductor
- 1,800 Gallons to produce a barrel of crude oil
- 4 Gallons of water for a dairy cow to produce one gallon of milk
The past 50 years of water crises has led to 507 interstate conflict situations throughout the globe, including 21 cases of outright hostilities over water disagreements. Without water food supplies drastically shrink, industrial development is thwarted, power generation is limited and productivity throughout society is hindered. Water conflicts in India and China have led to rioting, bombings and deaths as water scarcity undercuts political legitimacy of governments, erupts in social instability, and leaves states fragile.
Qinghai Lake, considered a sea during the imperial era, is the largest lake in China, which historically was fed by seventy rivers flowing from melting glaciers. Today excessive irrigation and overgrazing causes the lake to drop 10 centimeters a year—3 meters in total since 1959. As for China’s seventy rivers that fed Qinghai in the 1950s, only four rivers remain and their flow has declined 60 percent.
Given China’s earth altering grow first and clean up later approach to development, the United States (U.S.) can potentially help provide clean water to the people of China and bordering countries dependent on its rivers downstream. In so doing the U.S. would both serve humanity and strengthen its global credibility as a benign hegemony.
Paul F. Davis is a Worldwide Motivational Speaker, Wellness Trainer and Health Coach who has touched 76 nations serving the U.S. Military, Companies, Cruise Lines, Churches, and Universities across the globe.
Paul provided rescue relief with the Salvation Army the first week of September 11th, 2001 at "ground zero" in New York City following the bombing of the World Trade Center. Paul traveled to Pakistan twice after 9/11, the nation where Paul believed Osama Bin Laden was hiding; prior to Presidents Bush and Obama pursuing and killing him therein.
Paul was raised by his grandfather, a U.S. Army retired Lt. Colonel. Paul's cousin is a retired U.S. Army Ranger and Paul's uncle served in the U.S. Navy. Paul has spoken on sexual assault & harassment prevention and suicide prevention for both the U.S. Army and Air Force. Paul served as an intern for the U.S. Embassy in Timor Leste when Hillary Clinton was the former Secretary of State.
Paul is the Author of more than 20 Books including:
- United States of Arrogance
- The Future of Food (volumes 1 & 2)
- Geostrategy to Protect Environmental Health & Food Security
- Update Your Identity
- God vs. Religion
Paul has earned 3 Master degrees with the highest honors from New York University (Global Affairs), Michigan State College of Law (Global Food Law), and the University of Alabama (Health). Paul is currently halfway through his coursework on track to earn his 4th Master degree with the University of Texas (Educational Leadership).
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