A government meeting in India today was described by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an opening of talks to reconsider and reconfigure the Waters of Indus Treaty in the wake of a Uri terror attack. “Blood and water cannot flow together,” Modi declared. The internationally acclaimed water treaty, which was signed into effect in 1960, allows for and structures the sharing of six rivers between Pakistan and India. The Indian government is looking at new ways to make maximum use of the three rivers—Indus, Chenab and Jhelum—and a possibility is cutting Pakistan off from the waters of the Indus river. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain declared, “We are dead set against any such decision and outcome.”
“If India pursues that route,” said Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® founder Sharon Kleyne, who has closely monitored the situation for years, “it will endanger not only the citizens of Pakistan, who rely primarily on the Indus River for its water supply, but neighboring ecosystems around the region and perhaps beyond.” In addition, Kleyne pointed out that a decision to greatly alter the Indus Waters Treaty would only escalate tension between the two countries.
Earlier this month, the United Nations met to discuss, among other things, the global water crisis, It was appropriate that they do so because it was World Water Week (August 28th—September 2nd). They held discussions about water. Many delegates expressed their countries’ and the world’s need for advanced water research and serious solutions to the global water crisis. Water facts, water figures and water statistics poured forth in an ever advancing stream. Spirited debates about water flooded the hall of the General Assembly. Officials talked about water in small groups and in intense one-on-one conversations. Water was the word on everyone’s lips, but in the end, not much happened. The UN did not dam up all the lively water-talk and let loose a torrent of water ideas to address the global water crisis.
Millions have begun to notice that the UN’s thinking about water has sprung serious leaks and created no reservoir of water solutions. Chief among these aware observers is Water Life Science® advocate Sharon Kleyne, who for more than two decades has promoted international water awareness. Kleyne, devoted to researching earth’s water vapor evaporation and the body’s water vapor evaporation, founded a company, Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, whose research center developed new technology and products to replenish the evaporating water vapor with a rare Trade Secret tissue culture grade water discovered in Oregon. Sharon Kleyne believes our water woes have everything to do with a lack of advanced water research, a global crisis all its own that began, according to Kleyne, in the latter half of the 19th century and became the status quo by the middle of the 20th century. With Dr. Gerald H. Pollack, an internationally acclaimed professor of bio-engineering, Kleyne has called on foundations and the federal government to reverse the severe cut-off of water funding that took place in the 1950’s. “That decision has proved to be disastrous,” said Pollack. “The natural fresh water and water vapor of the planet are evaporating faster than they can be replenished,” Pollack said.
“If this trend continues,” Sharon Kleyne added, “we will not be able to sustain life on earth.” Kleyne elaborated, explaining that the planet’s water vapor is being lost to evaporation caused by pollution, global warming and artificial interior environments featuring air conditioning and central heating.
Sharon Kleyne warned that water crises like the current one in Flint, Michigan will become more common unless we reverse our general ignorance about our most important natural resource and our shameful lack of water research. “Water research must be our number one infrastructure priority,” Kleyne insisted. “The air we breathe will not keep us or anything else alive if we destroy the water vapor in that air. Remember that we are mostly water,” Kleyne continued. “The eye lens is 99 percent water; the brain is 80-85 percent water; the lungs and liver are 70-80 percent water; the blood is 50 percent water; even the bones are 20 percent water. We are fluid. Everything around us is made of water. Hope doesn’t keep us alive; the atmospheric water vapor keeps us alive and breathing. The surface of the eye and the rest of the body must be supplemented every day—even several times a day—to counteract evaporation of the water vapor,” said Kleyne. “That’s why I supplement the water vapor of my eyes and skin with Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® and Nature’s Mist® Face of the Water®.
Sharon Kleyne, host of The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio program, and Dr. Pollack see promise in Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s proposed water plan. “The United Nations needs to do much more than they’ve done so far,” said Kleyne. “Hillary Clinton’s proposed water plan,” Kleyne continued, “would be an excellent model for the UN to consider.”
Clinton’s plan calls for a big push on habitat restoration, water conservation and reuse. Perhaps even more essential, according to Kleyne, is Clinton’s call for a new national Water Innovation Laboratory. Such an effort can turn the tide, but it will take a long time to recover from water disasters like the one in Flint and others worldwide. “Only comprehensive water education and new water research will prevent a Flint water disaster from happening somewhere else,” said Kleyne. “The United Nations must become a global leader in water research and the development of new international water technology. Water-talk is nice, but it’s not enough. Nothing else on earth is more important than water,” Kleyne concluded.
Rep. Jared Huffman of San Rafael, California, couldn’t agree more, calling Clinton’s plan “a very thoughtful framework. Rep. Huffman added that he especially liked the idea of a national water lab because water currently receives little research money. “She’s (Clinton) talking about creating a new national water innovation lab,” Huffman said, “like Livermore for energy. It’s a great idea.”
Thanks to advanced communication technology, one can be somewhat optimistic that options like those put forth in the U.S. by entrepreneurs like Sharon Kleyne and the Rissers can and will serve as positive models for Indian and Pakistani officials struggling with their own water crisis. As co-creative, global collaborators, we can solve any water crisis.