Q: What are the relevant Natural-Cultural-Social+Psychological Conditions and Forces? Which help and which hinder?
Changes in Land Use are the Primary Indicators of the land's ability to USE the WATER effectively to provide the things we NEED.
(Undisturbed or Recovered Ecosystems are capable of providing water and food for the evolved inhabitants.)
(Energy is actually a SECONDARY NEED - I don't need electricity or oil per se - they help me to get things I need.)
EVEN THOUGH WE ARE ASKING FOR GLOBAL -
WHEN IT COMES TO SOCIAL/CULTURAL CONDITIONS for DECISION-MAKING
It is STILL ALWAYS Individual and Personal!
The aggregate results in the Political -
but this is maleable dependent upon strength of personality and vested interest in status quo or change.
CONDITIONS and FORCES:
Who are the people who have water? Unlimited or Limited? Do not have water? Li
What are NEEDS v. WANTS?
Primary SURVIVAL v. Discretionary SATISFACTION?
How do DIFFERENT Populations DEFINE ENOUGH?
"ENOUGH" is a psychological
In order to identify Sustainable Solutions, we must FIRST identify ALL (or as many as we can - this evolves) the Challenges/Problems
Because otherwise, we are solving symptoms, not core/root causes
Addressing only symptoms creates MORE symptoms that need addressing...
GLOBAL - ARE THERE ANY NATURAL / CULTURAL / SOCIAL OR PSYCH CONDITIONS WHICH ARE GLOBAL?
Basic Needs (but not "Wants") Air Water Food Warmth (not hot / not cold)
Survival of WE vs. ME (inherently feminine v. masculine? until culture/social pressure/change?)
[this is template - about 2/3 filled out]
* Natural (Environmental) (GEOGRAPHY MATTERS)
e.g., Does the local population exceed the local water source availability?
If Yes, is it a
cultural (e.g., dams; over-plowing; diverting; using up natural capital [rather than "interest", e.g. cutting down trees])
social (e.g., have as many kids as possible...)
psychological (e.g., meet today's desires without thinking of future; entitlement [I am more important]
*Cultural (Internal - e.g., Inherited Beliefs - evolving - impacts social + psychological)
Does the local population have belief(s)/make choices which impact local water source availability?
If Yes, is it a
environmental (e.g., nature is to be used up; nature is sacred; nature has no intrinsic value])
social (e.g., have as many kids as possible is good...)
psychological (e.g., meet today's needs without thinking of future; entitlement [I am more important than you])
*Social (External - e.g., Personal and Group Economics - evolving - can also impact cultural + psychological )
What are the social interfaces if the local population exceed the local water source availability?
environmental (e.g., water is abundant or "scarce"; land has been abused so less water available)
cultural (e.g., my wealth is dependent upon how many kids ...)
psychological (e.g., meet today's needs without thinking of future; entitlement [I/We are more important])
Also Political -
DM: WHY? 1- KEEP POWER/WATER ONFULL TIME. 2- ALSO COST. 3- ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
How much of a persons decision-making is conscious vs. subconscious motivations?
If Yes, is it a
environmental (e.g., )
cultural (e.g., )
social (e.g., )
plus TIME orientation - "Now" v. past v. future...
First - in affluent regions - WE DO NOT KNOW WHERE WATER COMES FROM (loss of connection to water/land)
In developing areas - impacted/dislocated by development/conflicts beyond their control - dams, fences, wars, legal inequities...
How water is characterized? (right v. commodity?) Should we change
GLOBAL - ARE THERE ANY NATURAL / CULTURAL / SOCIAL OR PSYCH FORCES WHICH ARE GLOBAL?