Mon Nov 13th, 2006 at 08:45:09 AM EST
From this morning’s EuroTrib Salon this article caught my eye:
Deutsche Welle: Spain Fights Back on Europe's Desertification Front Line
Did you know that if you turn off the tap while cleaning your teeth, you can save 12 liters (3 gallons) of water? It's old news to most people in Spain whose government has launched a campaign to fight desertification.
Officials on the Iberian Peninsula are leading Europe's charge in the fight against global warming and are pulling out all the stops to get people to save water in a region increasingly under threat.
The desert is on the march in Spain. Around 6 percent of the Iberian Peninsula has been lost to the wilderness forever, and a third of all arable land is seriously threatened. One of the worst affected regions is the southern Spanish province of Malaga, which is losing two centimeters (almost one inch) of valuable land every year. What is happening in Malaga could be the fate of much of Spain and other parts of southern Europe if desertification is not arrested.
As complicated as the consequences may be, the cause is really quite simple, according to Jose Luis Rubio, president of the European Society for Soil Conservation: The problem is not taken seriously enough.
"Soil is a living entity," said Rubio. "It is the earth's skin and is very sensitive to temperature changes or lack of moisture."
I think it would be important...and interesting even...if we have an ongoing conversation here about ways each of us can act in more environmental ways in our daily lives, and to start reporting more on the things that are being done in our respective countries to fight global warming (or the impacts of). Today, influenced by this article...I made sure to shave without leaving the water running....with Spain in mind!