We often say this in sympathy or as a standard response, but I can truly say I know what you are going through. Just as recently as two to three months ago, our city faced the imminent possibility of running out of potable water. This was a crisis that drew international attention from city officials of many countries who watched to see how it would all play out. I believe they did this to get answers and ideas as to how to prevent or manage a water shortage if faced with a similar situation in the future. The city fathers imposed all manner of water restrictions that got progressively more severe starting from about mid-2017 and still continues to be in place even now, despite the fact that we have started our winter season with some good rainfall figures. Heavy fines were issued to those contravening the 50l per day water limit that was imposed. People were queueing for hours trying to buy bottled water and shops were barely able to supply the ever-increasing demand as "Day Zero", a phrase coined by the City of Cape Town, approached. The good news, for now, is that Day Zero has been pushed back into mid-2019, because of the recent rainfall, but we have been urged to continue with our water saving efforts, as it will take three full "good rainfall seasons" to fully recover. I know That I for one, even though I have always been careful about saving water, will never look at water the same way again.
Like Matteo, I am optimistic as well, and for similar reasons. In the 80´s I took a geology class where we were shown studies ¨proving¨ the world would run out of oil in the 90´s. I do think it is important we focus technological efforts on the environmental problems we have, but I think we are doing so.
I remember reading a couple of years ago about an advancement in the technology to take the salt out of water for drinking water. If this was the worst year in 60 years, that does not mean that every year is going to get worse. After the worst year in 60 years of course everyone is going to be very worried-- and hopefully this will motivate leaders to start working on solutions for the long term. Chances are it is a problem in the short term that will have a solution in the long term.
In reality, we can not predict the future. Research shows people cope better if they focus more on the reasons to be optimistic than pessimistic. For my own coping, I cling to the reasons that suggest we are going to be okay (while also supporting more laws and more money to help our environmental problem.)
is there any future for this world?, i don´t think so. We´re destroying our natural resources, contaminiting the sea, the human beens around the world are doing many things without taking account the effects, it doesn´t matter if those effects are extremmely hazardous.
Many gobernaments are participating actively of that destruction, we need to establish very important politics to protect our natural resources, technology it´s very important and all those scientific advances, but the earth it´s the heritage of our children, we should to think more about the future of our earth and less in our personal interests.