Citizen Action Monitor

Videos tell disturbing stories of drought crises in South Africa and Australia

If we now live in a global village, where does our moral responsibility lie in helping our village neighbours?

No 2539 Posted by fw, October 30, 2019

It’s not unlike a storyline from a dystopian film about the taps running dry in cities around the world. Except that it may soon be a reality for around a dozen towns in Australia – and scientists say it’s a warning for the rest of the world — including Canada, an irresponsible, emissions-cutting laggard.

Below are two short videos of climate-change-driven drought-stricken regions, one in South Africa, the other in Australia.

Focus on Drought | Worst drought hits Eastern Cape in 40 years, by SABC Digital News, October 5, 2019

Severe drought and poor infrastructure have brought one of the oldest towns in South Africa to its knees. After an almost four-year drought in Graaff-Reinet the Nqweba Dam has run dry, forcing the population of about 38,000 to rely completely on old boreholes for water. Environmental groups say the water is not accessible to everyone in the town, and that some people have been forced to get water from a nearby drain as a result.

Lerato Thipa reports from Graaff Reinet for South African Broadcasting Corporation …

 

Queensland drought crisis so dire people are stealing water, by Nine News Australia, August 28, 2019

It’s not unlike a storyline from a dystopian film about the taps running dry in cities around the world. Except that it may soon be a reality for around a dozen towns in Australia – and scientists say it’s a warning for the rest of the world.

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