Blog: Big problems often have small beginnings
People tend to think of problems in grand scale. Yet, often, large problems that affect our world start out as (seemingly) manageable, and then spiral out of control before we realize the magnitude of the situation.
The American Civil War was a result decades of tension between free and slave states. Laws were passed, fiery debates were held, elected officials physically scuffled on the floor of Congress, etc. Eventually, the deadlock of ideals between the Northern and Southern states was more than peace could bear, and the result was more deaths than from any other war in the history of the United States. This didn't happen overnight, just as the World War One, World War Two, and climate change didn't either.
The water crisis facing America is no different. The below article that was pointed out via LinkedIn by Chris Thompson of NEXT WATER highlights the "small" beginnings of the particular water crisis facing California. It's an unincorporated community of 700 in a place that most wouldn't bother to visit or make note of that has run out of running water, so its residents are now shipping in bottled water. But that's how a bigger problem starts....first, its lower amounts of available freshwater due to a drying climate and hotter temps, and then its water restrictions for farmers, with a a tiny and unincorporated town running out of water as an encore, followed by slightly larger areas going under, and, by the time that we realize that the water crisis isn't just a talking point for newscasters - we've got a full-on catastrophe on our hands.