Saturday, May 22, 2010

It’s Everybody’s Water

All living things need water.

It quivers at the end of a leaf in the Amazon. Rushes thousands of miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Tumbles from the sky above the Serengeti. Sits heavy and quiet at the frozen poles. Water is the blood of the biosphere—the affinity between hydrogen and oxygen that makes the Earth, as we know it, possible.

But like the rest of the planet, it's finite. And that means it's valuable—and worth celebrating. As we come to terms with advancing deserts and drying aquifers, it's time we fell in love with the simple bundle of atoms that makes the world possible.