Until the Last Drink of Water!

by oneillp on November 25, 2016 - 4:42pm

Article of Discussion: World leaders wage into water to fight climate change

Author: Bob McDonald


Until The Last Drink of Water!

CBC News writer, Bob McDonald expresses a general argument against the lack of action taken from citizens and specifically from politicians towards improving our impacts on the environment with regards to climate change (McDonald, 2016). He indicated that government action does not implement law or policy regarding climate change until there is a crisis that seeks immediate attention (McDonald, 2016). The argument is stated after action should have been taken place after the United Nations COP22 Climate Summit and in particular the immediate need to take steps to manage our water consumption (McDonald, 2016). McDonald “calls on politicians” to take charge and make changes for our future generations through policy and law (McDonald, 2016). With the primary focus on water supply and the benefits this portrays on industrial, health, and quality of life elements (McDonald, 2016). However, most Canadians do not have the ability to understand the potential impacts that the lack of water supply from climate change can place on the surround ecosystems (McDonald, 2016). For instance, for most Canadians when you turn on a water tap you receive an unlimited water supply; however, water supply for undeveloped nations do not have this privilege and may in fact have to walk several kilometres to obtain this resource (McDonald, 2016). If all taps in Canada were to suddenly shut off and the nation began to enter a water crisis, this would be the first day action towards changing out water consumption would take place. Canada along with other developed nations should change their habits today and support underdeveloped nations move towards a better quality of life (McDonald, 2016).

In regards to the article by Bob McDonald, I completely agree with his main argument. People do have the tendency to not enforce alternations to their habits or even the government enforcing change amongst the society until, drastic measures are required to be made (McDonald, 2016). To connect with course material provided by Biophysical Management, the article addresses the necessity to begin a form of governmental action through ‘control over practices’ or ‘material power’ (Roth, 2016). Examples of governments pursuing this form of action for climate change is through control of access, control of use, control of funding, and influencing environmental priorities (Roth, 2016). The alternative form of power would be through media and education which is referred to as, ‘control over ideas’ (Roth, 2016).  Both are ideal and successful in their own ways; however, control over ideas has a greater risk for people not creating change, in my own opinion. Other nations are being faced with desertification, meaning the process in which fertile soil becomes in the state of a desert. Desertification has the potential to impact an individual’s quality of life from inadequate water consumption, agricultural practices resulting in food insecurity, and much more. Based on the article, the issue of water supply is one of the many climate change induced issues we are seeing in other nations (McDonald, 2016). Canada has the potential to be faced with water scarcity, meaning water deprived, if our consumption rates continue to grow due to Canadians not reducing our intake.



McDonald, B. (2016). World leaders wade into water to fight climate change. Technology and Science, CBC. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/world-leaders-wade-into-water-to-fight-climate-change-1.3856954


Roth, R. (2016). Concepts Continued: The state, resources, uncertainty and conflict. [Lecture]. University of Guelph: Management of the Biophysical Environment. Guelph, ON., Canada.