Dear diary, it has been a long time since I last opened your cover! If I described April as a busy month, I do not know which adjective I should give for July (laughing). During this month, I have taken part in a summer course, in a conference, in a workshop, I have celebrated my farewell party (3 times) and I find myself right now in the middle of my move to Belgium, in a hotel close to Paris, writing my next blog entry and sitting next to wife. I would like to say that I have learnt a lot from all these events and I just loved it.
Last week I went for dinner with a colleague who has returned to what is supposed to be his home country and me and a fellow local had a lot of fun noticing the cultural shockwaves he went through. He commented on the late hour for dining, worried we would not get up in time to work the next day and was concerned about the late hours we worked. I was quite amazed how much he had lost touch with his home country during just one year abroad.
The surface of our planet is dominated by water, but only a tiny percentage of that can be used by humans to sustain societies. Moreover, the usable water resources are not deposited equally over our planet. Put scarcity and unequal distribution together and what you tend to get is the human conflict. Yet, what is the real impact of water scarcity on the clash of people? For our species, which is caught between the Global Weirding and an overwhelming pollution of water bodies, that is a question worth asking.