Issue No. 311-312, June-July 2015
The Water Challenge
Varuna, the Vedic god of oceans and rivers. Painting by Marina Kovalyova, a guest from Kazakhstan, on the wall of the Auroville Water Service. Alan Rusbridger, the retiring editor of The Guardian newspaper, recently wrote an article on climate change. One of the things he noted was that newspapers don’t always cover the most important topics because “they may be occurring too slowly or invisibly for the impatient tick-tock of the newsroom”. But there is more to it than that. Even when there is a general awareness of a looming problem, we often manage to shut it out or go into denial and continue with business as usual. The Auroville water story may be an example of this. We’ve all heard, or think we have heard, that there may be an imminent crisis concerning water availability in our area because of over-extraction. Yet we blithely continue to plan for a city of 50,000 people, to construct new settlements and projects, and to use huge amounts to irrigate the Matrimandi...