The greater Cape Town is heading for a crisis…
We’re running out of water…
And I’m not the only person to have said that.
AND HOW DO PEOPLE RESPOND?
They say, “the government is lying to us.”
They say, “we use bore hole water.”
They say, “they must start thinking how we can extract water from the sea.”
A BETTER WAY
Why not be mindful?
Why not live in consideration?
We live on a property that uses borehole water. But we still are being considerate. Because the water problem is not just theirs but ours too.
We live in a spirit of community. We live beyond ourselves thinking of others.
We catch our shower water.
Use that water to water our gardens (we’re approaching some hot days now)
ALSO we use that water to flush our toilets. We’re filling our cistern with that water we have saved from the shower.
(If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.)
We shower only once a day. (Twice is not necessary)
We keep our dishes to a minimum.
There also use to be a time, when people would “judge you” if you car was dirty. Now here in the Cape; if you car is clean, you are judged. Why are we cleaning our cars in a time of water shortage? it’s not necessary!
THE “STARFISH” THOUGHT:
Who remembers the starfish story?
“The boy walking alongside a beach, picking up starfish that have been washed onto the shore. One at a time, he throws them back into the sea. A man observing this, see’s the boy’s plight. There are hundreds of starfish scattered on the beach. How on earth is he going to make a difference? He approaches the boy on the matter? The boy picks up the next starfish, throws it into the sea and says to the man: I MADE A DIFFERENCE TO THAT ONE.”
The same thing applies here.
What can Catherine and I do? Our little effort may be such a small dent in the big problem…
But we still do our part. And if everyone did their part too… how big would that whole PART look…
I write this, not for hits on my blog. Or a whole seeking attention thing. But just to say. Every little home, each capetonian can do something to help…
WHAT CAN YOU DO?