I look at the news these days i see the war in Afghanistan, uprisings in the middle east, corruption on wall street and the circus of the republican candidates. It makes me wonder, do we as a society really care about what's happening to our environment or is it just an afterthought, until we are faced with a real calamity like the current water crisis in India, were clean potable water is a luxury and not a right, were the poor pay a higher cost for water than the rich were water sources are polluted beyond humane consumption and farmers commit suicide because lack of water. Its a reality thats not far off for us all if we don't take some steps to protect this precious resource that gives us all life. One percent of the earths water is accessible for humane uses, is that enough to sustain seven billion people into the next millennium. In my eyes this is the most important issues our world will face, because without water nothing would exist, there will be no plants no animals no people no anything, the earth will just be another lifeless planet floating around the solar system. At the moment India is in the midst of a water crisis that has gripped the entire country. With seventeen percent of the world’s population and just four percent of its fresh water and a population at over one billion people and counting its clear that with the current infrastructure and water management polices, India's water woes are only going to worsen. India continues to see internal economic migration to urban areas from the countryside, the country's cities are bursting at the seams and housing shortages, water cuts, traffic congestion, pollution and a lack of basic services are the reality for millions living there today. Take for example one of India's most sacred rivers, the Yumuna, this body of water has been heavily polluted with raw sewage and industrial waste turning this once clean river into a bubbling black mess. Fifty seven million people depend on the Yumuna, as the river supplies seventy percent of Delhi's water. In it's current state which could be described as "Dead" it would take decades to bring it back to life. Also climate change has been shifting the patterns of the Monsoon rain that farmers depend upon solely for the success of their crops and more and more farmers see their crops fail because lack of water, More than two hundred thousand of them have committed suicide over the past decade. Over sixty percent of India's population depends on agriculture and they are dying at a rate of one every thirty seconds. Many think water is an infinite resource, but its not, It will run out. Its urgent that the Central and State Governments take steps to educate people that water has become an increasingly precious and expensive resource that everyone must conserve; otherwise, this crisis can easily turn into a disaster. There are so many layers to this crisis that i have only been able to brush the surface. I hope we all come to see water not as a commodity in our grocery stores but as the source of life for this planet and everyone inhabiting it.