Remember when we had all the water we needed?
That was a long time ago -- years before I attended the Pine/Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) meeting in Pine on Wednesday. Interest and concern were indicated by the standing-room-only crowd.
Years ago, because of the small population in Pine and Strawberry, we still had water during drought periods. Now, however, our population had grown to the point where there is a crisis, and water is rationed. We're at Stage 3, and the hot days of summer are still ahead.
And this is only the beginning. With world population increasing by more than 210,000 per day, things can only get worse. Water shortages, high gas prices, air and water pollution, global warming, loss of open space and endangered species. Every one of those problems is exacerbated by population growth.
You can do your part by encouraging people to have only two children, thereby replacing themselves and not adding to an already overpopulated world -- preserving the quality of life for our children and grandchildren.
If you would like more information on the population crisis, contact The Population Connection (www.populationconnection.org) or better yet join, to support them in informing the public about problems associated with population growth. The earth's population has simply outgrown its ability to sustain us.
My question after the meeting was: If you don't have enough water for the people already living here, why do you want your town to grow? I like Pine's moratorium on growth. I think if you ask most people if they want their town to grow, the answer would be a resounding "no." After all, that's why we're here -- for small-town living.
Gandhi urges us to be responsible. He said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Jane Finley, Pine