The water crisis in Pakistan has occurred. If you still fail to comprehend the depth of this very statement, I’m sorry; you should attend your primary geography class once again.
Recently a video surfaced on Facebook highlighting the consequences of the brutal crisis. The documentary also included a clip of the now barren and dull land which was previously known as Sir Toufiq Pashas Farm.
Why did I choose to talk about this very particular trip?
Its because it took me on a nostalgic trip a decade before when I got the opportunity to visit his farm. He took pride in the greenery there was. Cotton plants, flowers and deep clumps of trees every few metres. I remember running around the ground with my classmates failing to comprehend the very possibility that this place would lose its charm and its identity in the next 10 years.
Before you leave this page and convince yourself that you aren’t responsible for it, let me break the harsh truth to you- you are. You along with the entire privileged class of Pakistan are equally responsible. Yet you’ll still leave with a hopeful smile on your face since you, my friend, will still be welcomed with flowing water on your next trip to the bathroom. Therefore its impossible for you to fully comprehend the alarming short run effects of the water crisis in Pakistan. You will probably lure yourself to sleep with dreams of emigrating to another country where you and your luxurious demands will once again exploit this natural resource. But let me ask you, how far will you actually run?
Do you see yourself standing in this line 5 years from now? If you dont, you should. Its better to envision something if you dont want to take measures against it.
What can we do?
– Protest against the expensive projects like the green line trains and bus systems. Don’t encourage the government to spend the huge loans on such projects. Fight for dams. Fight for it while you still have time; fight before you have to take up arms for a single sip of water.
– Stop using water as if only you have the right over it. Set limitations for yourself. Cliché indeed but your tap isn’t to be left open for more than 0.5 secs of not being used.
– Plant trees. By now you all must have realised that I’m basically repeating suggestions that you’ve probably heard a million times before but your lazy asses have never even bothered watering your plants. You might not even own any. Your gardens, I agree, need a lot of maintenance but converting it into grounds isn’t the answer. I’m pretty sure you can spare 1 hour out of 24 hours to water your plants and pay attention to your garden. I bet you still wont, because you are lazy.
– A single bucket of water, if used efficiently, will clean your bodies the same way as your daily Epsom salt baths do.
I hope I’ve convinced you enough to take a major step to postpone the effects. If you still don’t care, you’re a disgrace to this country; in other words- an illiterate literate.