When I first started reading The Tamarisk Hunter I wasn’t completely sure what was going on. However, as the story progressed, the clash between lower and upper-class individuals became clear. In the story, humanity has reached a point where water is a scarcity and people without money are left to survive against the severe temperatures. From an environmental perspective, I felt that that the circumstances in this story were not unrealistic regarding what may become if humans continue to use up these resources without looking towards more renewable options.
During summers, while I was in high school, I worked in Arizona. One of the aspects that was always shocking to me was the incredible temperatures. As a child, I had been in Arizona when temperatures exceeded 100ºF, but during high school, each year was exceeded 115ºF. Now, these steep temperatures still didn’t surpass the record temperature in Arizona of 122ºF that was set back in the 90s, but the fact that the consistency of these high temperatures is increasing raises a lot of concerns. It isn’t just in places like Arizona that temperatures have been increasing. In much of the world, the last two years have presented some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded.
In terms of water shortage, the worlds usable fresh water supply has been decreasing for years. Of the total water on Earth, 97% is salt water and just 3% is freshwater. However, of that 3%, humans can only access roughly 1% of the supply since the other 2% is stored in glaciers and the poles. Already many countries face severe water crises and water scarcity consistently makes it into annual top 10 issues for the world.
As intelligent humans, there are things we can do to slow down the problem of water scarcity. A few options that could help significantly decrease the rate at which fresh water is being used are decreasing shower times, decreasing the number of times per week clothes and dishes are washed, and decreasing the rate lawns are watered.