Thursday, 5 July 2018

water management in Ireland? a Greek tradegy...

Erin Brockovich is a 2000 American biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Roberts, who fought against the energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Since 2008, I have been actively involved into studying the water pollution in Asopos river in Greece.
Then, I decided to take it a step further and I even stood for an MP in Evia, Greece in the elections of 2009 with the Green Party. By 2010, I had realized that the DNA of the politicians and mine are simply not compatible...
But I continued my research on Asopos and writing articles about the water pollution and the food chain, like this and that one.
All that till 2014, when my close friend and mentor, Thanasis Panteloglou,
died of cancer in November 2014...I used to call him, my Dear Watson, and he used to call me Sherlock in our quests to find out who and how was and still is polluting Asopos river.

Thanasis Panteloglou


Since then, quite few things have changed. I have moved to UL and Ireland but the water is always around me...to calm me down and to haunt me...

These thoughts came to mind when I read the news that the Irish nationwide hosepipe ban comes into force at 8am tomorrow Fri 6th July.
With just 2 weeks lack of rain, the country is in need of a ban...
This ban just shows how shortsighted is the water management here in Ireland...Just like in Greece...
Hence the title of this post...
A Greek tragedy in Ireland...it just feels like home...(sadly)

And how do they plan to solve this crisis?
By (ab-)using Shannon river water and piping it into Dublin...  instead of trying to find the real causes of the problem which are:
1. complete lack of use of rain water and
2. high ratio of water lost due to leakages...

Dr Ioannis Zabetakis

P.S. Greek poet Giorgos Seferis, a Nobel laureate, once wrote that, “Wherever I travel, Greece wounds me”*.
May I simply add? - In Ireland, too...

* the full poem is on page 9, here

  
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