A current disaster in India is in the news (e.g., this report by Brett Wilkins): a glacier fell apart, flooding several rivers, destroying dams including hydroelectric projects, and killing people.
In 2018, it was the Matterhorn, perhaps the most famous lump of ice on Earth.
For years now, as NASA has stated, glaciers have been retreating at a non-glacial pace.
So what? If you don’t live beneath a glacier, if your water supply is not the melt of a frozen river, why should you care?
First, because we are all one. The suffering of one person is everyone’s business.
Second, the whole of Earth is one system. Disturb one part, and the effects can be everywhere.
Third, the same causes that melt glaciers are also catastrophically reducing the water supplies of America’s breadbasket, and having many cities sink into the ground — Mexico City is sinking about 3 ft a year!.
I could go on with the examples. We humans are wrecking our own life support system, including our relationship with fresh water.
My part of the world is steadily getting drying due to climate change. An “unusually wet year” now was average rainfall 30 years ago.
Wherever you live, climate change, the overuse of resources like fresh water, and the degradation of nature are the causes.
I can’t say it often enough: live simply, so you may simply live. Replace a culture of growth with one of coordinated reduction — because otherwise we are guaranteed uncoordinated, catastrophic reduction.