It's that time of the week again where I'm sharing my values, visions, and possible interventions for this week's ENVR 430 topic: Water - in collaboration with the @CoSphere initiative.
I don't even think I realize how much I value water. Whether I'm using water as a physical resources, marveling at the life it hosts, or simply reveling in it's beauty - I don't think I can quite quantify what it means to me.
This makes for quite a challenge in conservation, how do we assign value to infinity? In thinking that water benefits everyone and everything, but not everyone or everything can contribute equally to its conservation, I present two possible solutions: Philanthropic Leadership and Required Relative Contributions. The first being a voluntary solution (less controversial, but perhaps less effective) and the second a government requirement (perhaps controversial, but more guaranteed.
💧Philanthropic Leadership could be from individuals, corporations, or governments with the managerial or economic means to implement and maintain water infrastructure. This answer not only benefits the contributor, but also fulfills the Leader in knowing that their efforts will greatly benefit countless externalities.
💧Relative Economic Contributions, on the other hand, could exist similarly to tax brackets, in that individuals who make more money contribute more to the economic means required to implement and maintain water infrastructures. However, this answer would require government oversight to manage said funds, as well as to implement a water tax-type policy.
My personal vision for water is that we as a species and a planet can without hesitation, continue to receive all the magnificent benefits that water currently provides, and hopefully the ideas presented provide some food for thought for others to #UnLeashValues related to the wonderful substance of water.