Or they might be confused about different
types of drought. We've all heard of these:
But the one we don't hear that much about is
one which affects so much of Texas in the 21st century—socioeconomic
drought. With too many straws in the same resources, nature can't be expected
to produce the same water supplies for us that it did when Texas' population
was much smaller. And with areas like the Coastal Bend and the Austin-San Antonio
corridor expected to double in population in less than fifty years, we can't
reasonably expect to have enough water for everyone. That's why a discussion
among reasonable people needs to start now.
Connection with Climate Change
Experts say that much of what we can expect
with perpetual drought and increased aridity in Texas will primarily be due to
climate change. At this point, we can mitigate the effects of climate change by
decreasing greenhouse emissions—but we can't stop it. That's why it's so
important to create communities of “resilience”--communities that have the
ability to sustain themselves in crisis, communities that make the most of the
resources they have. The Texas Drought Project is working with experts from
around the nation and around the world to create Texas communities, both urban
and rural, which observe these principles and plan for a more arid future.
Together, we can assure that our children and grandchildren have the same
opportunities, the same quality of life, that we had.