Will The Great Rivers Die? It is a yes and no answer. I don't want to be the prophet of doom and say, "yes they will all die". As after all it is within the power of man to keep them alive and flowing. We have all to acknowledge our responsibility and take a positive stance globally in unison and be able to say NO WE WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO DIE!
What the world at large need is greater awareness and values for the great resources that were gifted to us. In the name of scientific and industrial endeavors, and supported by political forces, man has exploited these resources without the slightest hesitation and without a thought for their own offspring's survival for generations to come.
Value of Education
This world is a beautiful place with enough resources for everyone. What the world needs to emphasize is an education for all. The peoples of the world should all be educated and learn to value and conserve the gifts of the earth. Learning to use it wisely and giving back to Mother Nature will ensure that no great river will die. But the greatest question is whether we are willing and ready to help one another survive or continue to rip and exploit the resources from the "poorer" nations and continue to grow stronger and richer on what was their heritage.
Rape of Resources
Rape of virgin timber from lands rich in bio-diversity, fossil fuels, precious metals, and gem stones, minerals, resources from the seas, lakes and rivers, have all been and continue to be plundered without a thought except for the political will, wealth and power it will all generate.
How Long Will Water Last one may ask? Some say it will last till 2015 and others say it only be sufficient till 2020. Every human being, animal and plant has the right for survival. Water therefore is a precious commodity and a basic human right. Water is there by nature and not a man made entity. There is the danger of man controlling this precious commodity for accumulating further power and wealth if the world does nothing about conserving and protecting the sources from where this life nectar rises. There is even the possibility of wars being fought to gain control over water rights.
Action and Not Deliberations
It is about time that the world takes note and stop looking for solutions but take urgent remedial action as the greatest priority of all is to keep the great rivers of the world flowing in greater abundance as never before.