70% of our body,
70% of our daily life,
But chief among them, water is within all.
I suppose I can only speak for myself in varying ways. These are the very basic verbs of how I embody water and how I use water in my 20-minute morning routine of getting up.
Contrarily, this year, Flint, Michigan enters its 4th year without any viable means of resourceful, useable water. As of Friday, April 27th today, Flint’s free bottled water program ended 20 days ago (CNN).
By this summer, South African Cape Town will be shutting its taps to precious drinking water to four million people (National Geographic).
Consciously, I am always trying to keep track of my water footsteps and the best ways I can go about it. When you have economists like former Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmanthe who believes a human being’s right to water is an “extreme solution,” and thus is better to give foodstuffs (water) “a value so that we’re all aware it has its price,” we ultimately put prices on how much each human in their respective communities are worth (Snopes). It is understandable from such perspective once we also consider how Nestlé probably pipes its money into advertisement into the school systems to get children to buy into their products. As we continuously force-feed ideologies into children without even realizing, it is hard for me to not acknowledge the infamous iceberg.
I’m not sure what it is about this charming infographic that is so easy to understand— whether a teacher had no other idea to boil down a concept within their lecture, or how it’s become inherently ideological within our American society to understand how icebergs work, it has almost struck me ironically. There are many days where I ponder if 50 years from now, we will have any considerable icebergs to still look at that will be believable. What is on the surface level of today’s American society, consisting of “awareness” of the climate crisis, buying a few compostable ecofriendly products here and there, and tossing it into the landfills to call it a day is the trash-iceberg that will likely become more relatable to society. When we’ve become so used to a common concept that we have an innate Pavlov’s dog reaction to its visual rhetoric, are we really even thinking how we take it for granted? Have we forgotten our most vital resource is depleting and flooding us inside-out?
Whether or not water is being donated through programs, sold at the price of pennies on the dollar, it’s one thing to consider American ideology that water is to be a valued and privatized resource rather than a human right, however it is the other story we must consider how disingenuous it must be to teach of this iceberg concept in schools where water is sparse. Capitalists who have the means to control our water find its way into the bloodstream of the children, find the means to brainwash by teaching ideology within the school system, find the canal of “school as a job training” excuse, and make this whole water issue within capitalist society… A means of survival.
I suppose I encompass two popular ideologies; the iceberg and water as a means of either a human right or a privatized economic resource. Regardless, I think our (general) understanding on its whole concept and how the climate crisis affects us could cheaply and effortlessly be visualized through the iceberg image as well. For now, I suppose, the best I can do is cheer the topic up with a meme as the display picture.