I started this book project Water the Essential because water is the most precious resource we have. It is in the cell of every living creature and organism on this planet, not just the 7.4 billion humans. It is the blood of this planet.
Every day we become distracted about less important issues. We worry about money, our weight and how many “likes” we get on social media however history has a way of repeating itself and the very success of human existence revolves around the priority of water use and its management.
Throughout history great civilisations have grown due to the efficient use and fallen as a result of the mismanagement of water resources. The purpose of this project is to draw attention to the varied sources of water, which are often unobserved, which are crucial to the balanced management and larger water solutions. It is not just for human condition that we should worry about water, the very life supporting structures and organisms that make our world, depend on water.
Focusing on water opens up bigger discussions on food supplies, weather patterns, resources management and the politics of borders and national welfare. What we squander today is gone tomorrow. If we do not protect it now, it will be lost to many future generations. Indeed if we focus on the quality and management of water, we focus on the very quality of our own lives.
I highly recommend the following book Water the Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilisation by Steven Solomon
Vaughan James is a photographer and writer based in Zurich Switzerland