So many people in our world today are affected by the simple fact that their water is dirty or contaminated. Huge numbers of people are sick and many, many children needlessly die everyday. We’ve heard these kinds of sentiments all throughout our lives, but after watching this talk, ‘Michael Pritchard’s water filter turns filthy water drinkable’ on TED, it’s now obvious to some we can actually do something about it. The question remains, will we? How many stories have you heard where great inventions were disregarded, production put on hold, or forgotten because the people in power wanted to put their money elsewhere?
Humanity drives cars, which pollute the planet and take up massive amounts of space for its necessary infrastructure. Some people have asserted this is because of vested interests between motor companies and government long ago, and if evolution of transport had gone unimpeded on its natura course, we’d all be traveling via public transport systems. Have a quick look at these two articles: ‘The Public Relations Assault on Transport Sustainability’ and ‘A Brief Socialist History of the Automobile‘. These writers argue the world would be a much cleaner and sustainable place if it wasn’t for the hold that the automobile industry has on decision-makers in governments.
In respect to the issue of water, if the ‘bosses’ truly care about all the people in the world, a solution is here to give everyone clean drinking water. The results of this enterprise will create a healthier human race, not to mention give so much more time to women and children who spend many of their days traveling to clean water sources instead of studying or working.
This is not a socialist blog, nor is it an environmental blog. The author here is a human being interested in seeing the great ideas we’ve created put into action and come to fruition. On a trip to Brazil I accidentally drank from the unfiltered water tap; if what I had to endure for a day is what my fellow beings are experiencing on a daily basis, this new water filter bottle needs to become a reality for all concerned.