Ing. Michal Kravčík,CSc. / RNDr. Jan Pokorný, CSc. / Ing. Juraj Kohutiar/ Ing. Martin Kovác / RNDr. Eugen Tóth
Jan Lambert’s Quick-Take:
The New Water Paradigm presents a very useful way to view drought and other climate change, a way that shows how humankind can influence climate for the better simply by restoring natural water cycles that help to regulate climate. Reading this book will greatly enrich your understanding of the Global Action Plan. Learn the critical importance of the short, or small water cycle that relies on transpiration, the natural cooling effect of trees and other plants through evaporation of rainwater through their leaves.
Excerpt from: 1 THE REASON FOR THE FORMULATION AND THE MISSION OF THE NEW WATER PARADIGM
Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler. ~ Albert Einstein
Possibilities for individuals (pp 9-10)
At present, the individual is placed in the position of consumer of water and for the most part is neither aware of his own share of responsibility for the protection of water nor of the possibilities or threats which water (or the lack of it) may bring. And yet each roof and each yard of a family home is a microwatershed on which the annual sum of precipitation represents a surprisingly large volume of water. Water is an asset which the individual citizen can use to improve his own life in a variety of ways. He can also, however, without any profit and for a fee, flush it into rivers and into the sea and thus slowly contribute to the desertification of his own environment and microclimate and, in time, to macroclimatic changes. The new water paradigm makes this choice a conscious one.
The common good (p 10)
The publication of the paradigm is, in the opinion of its authors, a step towards a responsible approach and greater critical thinking with no intention of offending anyone associated with the “old paradigm” or hurting anyone associated with the changes that could result from the change in paradigm. The new paradigm should be accepted in the spirit that it is offered. The authors provide an independent view on the global scenario of the circulation of water with its effects on a continental, national, regional or town level, so that this knowledge will contribute to the common good. The acceptance of the paradigm, besides other suggested activities, ultimately means the acceptance of a new higher culture in relation to water and thus also a total overhaul of the cultural character of our civilization. In the end result, it’s about much more than just water.