July 23, 2019
This Instagram post from @house.of.leaders got me thinking…
There is a growing disparity I see in our daily lives between the those of us who “have” and the rest of our society. There is a gulf which grows as the years progress.
Information technology, medical technology, smart phones, mortality rates and so much more are, without doubt, getting better – yet I believe the standards of life, in general, are getting worse for the vast majority of the world! As I type this on my laptop in the comfort of my chilled room, @house.of.leaders’ quote glares at me in my face, as I realize 70% of the rest of our Country is withering away in the heat, families trying to get their children a minimal education, so that they can at least read & write, let alone own or use a laptop.
We have a roof over our heads; we wear clean clothes and shoes; have access to daily food, electricity, water, education, transport, medicines, justice … all of which we take for granted. I just have to look out of our car’s window daily to actually see what the rest of our society CANNOT take for granted!
We all have our problems- whether health, mental, physical, work, family. We shouldn’t complain when things don’t always work out for us; because the majority of the world’s population don’t even get a choice of how they can live … they just do!
(Ending Note- coincidentally, a complimentary Tweet by @sudheenkulkarni identifies this deficiency of “compassion” – had both our countries’ governments practiced compassion, I think 50% of these social problems would not exist!)
March 24, 2019
Recently there has been a lot of news about South Africa (Cape Town actually) running out of water soon.
I believe Pakistan – and Karachi especially – is almost in the same boat- international organizations have repeatedly been warning us about the impending water shortage, as soon as the coming decade.
There are many many articles on water saving but the government cannot do this on its own- we as citizens have to help out too.
Some basic water saving techniques which can PRACTICALLY be instituted are –
- Like Hawaii, the government should create water catchment areas for rain water – especially in Punjab and KP provinces;
- Water faucets can and should be changed to modern fittings/devices which save water. I saw a very very interesting concept at https://www.alteredcompany.com/ . Their water aerators/nozzles give a mist – they claim 98% water saving – giving you the same cleaning effects but at a fraction of the water wastage.
- Implement recycling “domestic” water for kitchen & clothes washing and things like swimming pools;
- Implement “Waste” water (from WC’s and urinals) recycling for gardens and exterior washings (can be used for washing cars, external patios, etc). Admiral Khawar showed us a fantastic recycling concept the Navy has started at Karsaz – I don’t see why can’t implement the same too;
- Mini DAMS is a must – starting from the north of Pakistan’s main rivers to as far south as possible, so that our fresh water does not drain into the sea and is instead used productively. Some provinces have concerns that water from such dams would not be used equitably – but if Pakistan & India’s Indus Water Treaty of 1960 can withstand the “test of time”, I’m sure our own provinces can also reach a comprehensive, equitable & binding agreement;
- Implement drip irrigation for all our gardens and plants – if the Middle East countries can successfully operate such systems, it should be even easier for us to do!
- Tied to this, all water for gardening should be done after sunset;
- Domestic staff HAVE to be taught to conserve water (for that matter all our utilities);
- Let’s go back to school – literally – and immediately start teaching water saving to all nursery, kindergarten and primary school children!
What are your thoughts- how else can we PRACTICALLY help ourselves and how can the Government help us?