Don't Let Our Future Dry Up

On June 17, 2013, World Day to Combat Desertification, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called for a collective global response to combat drought. He went on to explain the need to "shift from crisis management to drought preparedness and resilience." This year's theme for World Day to Combat Desertification was drought and water scarcity. The goal was to "create awareness about the risks of drought and water scarcity in the drylands and beyond, calling attention to the importance of sustaining healthy soils as part of post Rio+20 agenda, as well as the post-2015 sustainable development agenda."

Desertification is a significant global ecological and environmental problem, caused by various factors, including climate change. Drought produces a large number of socio-economic impacts, as water is the key to life. The severity of droughts around the world affects agriculture, water supply, and human health. The spread of desertification has made populated regions more arid, which makes accessing vegetation and fresh water challenging. For instance, in Ethiopia, an estimated 8 million of Ethiopia's 60 million people are at immediate risk due to drought (UNICEF estimates that 1.4 million of those at risk are children under five). 

Of all the water on Earth, only 2.5 percent is freshwater. Of all this freshwater, the total usable supply for ecosystems and humans is less than 1 percent. Climate change is intensifying the circulation of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth, causing drought and floods to be more frequent.

Not only are droughts more frequent, but they are also becoming more severe due to rising temperatures. Due to the aridity, areas are also more susceptible to disasters like wildfires. An increase in spring and summer temperatures have increased fire frequency by 400 percent and have increased the amount of land burned by 650 percent since 1970. The wildfires raging in the United States, due to last year's drought, are considered to be the most extensive in the country since the 1950s. 

In his speech, Secretary-General Ki-Moon stated that "the price of preparedness is minimal compared to the cost of disaster relief," and encouraged countries to build resilience to droughts by implementing the outcomes of the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy. Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Luc Gnacadja, agreed, stating, "Investing in our resilience today costs a fraction of the relief price we will pay tomorrow and its benefits are worth far more. Becoming a drought-resilient global society is not only possible and affordable; it must be our first and only option." 


Ali Hamad

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Sal Citrus

I have run a local tree service in Peoria, Arizona for nearly 15 years now. I can testify to the fact that the desert has become drier and we are seeing less and less surviving foliage each year. I try to spread this awareness constantly, but a lot of people look at me like I have two heads. What you are saying here is spot on, especially the facts about climate change intensifying. I often worry about what the next 20-30 years will bring to not only the state of Arizona, but the world as a whole. I hope my tree pruning business is still thriving at that point so that I can pass it down to my children, and they'll have something to take care of, but I'm just not sure that will happen.

-Sal from

James Thompson

Water conservation is vitally important. Most do not realize that a tree can take in 40 gallons of water a day from the soil. It is important for regions with limited water select trees better suited to the climate. In Texas, water is a seasonal issue and restricting of water is implemented. You can find more water conservation information at the following:

CIndy Fanny

We must conserve our water

Sustainability is the only way we have a future as a race. We must take better steps i this direction every day. How can we pass our business onto our children when the world is literally drying up around us. Ive worked doing for most of my adult life. My children will likely take over my company and its a scary prospect to live in this world we are creating.

Jack S. Ramirez

It is our minimum responsibility to see that we use our natural resources wisely and store some for our future generations. I have read lot of articles on different types of reviews blogs as every article talks the same thing is that to preserve our resources and see environment is clean.

Sal Citrus

I run a local tree service in Peoria, Arizona, and I can tell you, after nearly 15 years at it, the desert is drying up. 100%. Foliage is dying left and right and if it weren't for so many new trees being planted all the time, people would notice it. But they don't. I worry that in 20-30 years when i am ready to retire and pass my tree business down to my sons, that there won't be enough trees left for them to make a good living.

-Sal from

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