Forget Shorter Showers
Why Personal Change Does Not
Equal Political Change
Residential I Commercial
Thermoelectric Power ' as
Industrial Mining use
ANIME- / Livestock
We often hear that the world is running out of water.
People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are
from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter
showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers. I' m
responsible for drawing down , no. More
than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by
agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split
between municipalities and actual living breathing
individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use
as mach water as municipal human beings. People (both
human people and fish people) aren' t dying because the
world is running out of water, They' dying because the
water is being stolen. " -Derrick Jensen
In California, residential use is only 8% of the total.
The vast majority of water is used by industrial agriculture,
thermoelectric power, and a growing percentage consumed
industrial mining such as fracking.
Personal conservation will not truly solve the water
problem, because personal use is not causing the crisis.