But also dangerously WRONG - as you'll agree after you've read the fine print in the Earth Policy Institute's link just above.
Roller-coaster as metaphor for Climate Change?
Paradoxically, if more of the world’s population began switching to bottled water, it would severely increase global warming. The cure would be worse than the disease.
To give a small example: to bottle and ship only one year’s worth of water to the USA (at current usage levels), companies such as Pepsico and Danone burn 1.5 million barrels of oil (= enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year). Almost 90% of the plastic bottles (themselves a petro-chemical product) end up in landfills where they can take up to a thousand years to bio-degrade. This is clearly an absurd extravagance, especially when chemical analysis AND taste tests reveal no difference between tap water and bottled water - and some brands of bottled water can cost more per litre than gasoline.
These figures, remember, reflect current levels of bottling. If demand were to go sky-high over the next few years, this apparently neat bottled solution would actually begin to worsen our climate even more and hasten the coming catastrophe.
Farmers in Si Saket province, Thailand, 2006, rescuing the remains of their flooded rice crop. Just because some places report floods does NOT mean that the world is safe from drought. It's an indicator of increasing climate disruption.
A general shift to bottled water is not a solution to Global Warming. It’s in the same lunatic category as the comedian's standard joke that Global Warming could be fixed if everyone on the planet left their fridge doors open for a day. Or opened the windows so the cool air-con could escape . . .
Bugger the cost - hey, it’s no use proudly owning the latest SUV if your family’s dying of thirst.
We must still urgently re-plant trees for a long-term answer for your children's children, but it's too late to rely on that now - a more urgent fix as is needed within 10 years. As environment groups have been saying for decades, Australia could have been at the forefront of de-salination/purification technology if only it had been a Clever Country. No amount of bragging will fill the pipes… nor will Dubya Ducklips Howard’s arrogant little band-aid 'fixes'... which are pathetically little, and tragically late.
........and here are a few more funky pix:
The Coober Pedy Golf Course, in outback South Australia.
Not many birdies left here.
...and finally, the astroturf garden of the future:
The only drawback will be that you won't have a car to pull it.
Update: (May 4, 2007). An outback town in Australia has run out of piped water, nor can it find enough trucks to deliver water. Its hospital is using bottled water to flush toilets, and the Old Folks Home is minimising the washing of patients. Time to stock up yet?