Collection Of Rainwater For Future Use

BY: Dan Phale *

Natural disasters like drought, erratic rains, and floods are commonly known to be results of climate change… With such unreliable rains, the agricultural yields have been getting lower and lower. It is therefore requisite that we double our efforts by mobilising one another to cease depending on rainfall based crop production only. Of course we should be reminded that, according to scientists, climate change has come into existence because we (human beings) were once reckless and/or negligent in our daily activities… Both chemical emissions into the air and environmental degradation are the major operating factors which gradually triggered global warming.

This article focuses on the surest way of averting the challenge of unreliable rains and/or drought. In the recent past the world has experienced increased records of drought or floods. As a matter of fact, on the one hand we admit that rainfall is not very much reliable in this age; and on the other hand we take notice of the fact that relatively huge amounts of water from the atmosphere get lost without being diversely used by mankind. But, I for one, strongly believe that we can change this trend.

In my well considered view, here is one of the simplest ways to contain this challenge of unreliable rains. Let each one of us have a water tank at one’s compound. It should be positioned at a lower height than one’s dwelling building and/or other buildings. Make a network of gutters or drainpipes attached to each side of the roof of the dwelling house and the roof of any such other buildings which should be well connected to the water tank. At the lower point of the water tank we have to put an outlet pipe. During rainfall, water will be carried from the edges of the roofs down to the water tank.

Such water collected in the water tank can be used for domestic purposes or for irrigation of the vegetables in the kitchen gardens. The size of the water tank may vary depending on what you intend to use the water for at the time of scarcity… For a small-scale use, the reservoir may not be as big as that which may be required for a major-scale use of water. Thus, in the event that one needs a bigger reservoir, one should have a sufficiently big tank. Either we can use concrete to construct a tank of desired volume. Alternatively we can buy various plastic tanks which can be connected to each other.

As noted above, this initiative is very effective in various ways as we aim at improving our lives. However a great caution should be exercised when deciding on erecting and/or use of the water tank to prevent all the probable accidents in our locations… Further precautionary measures must be taken to avert the negative impacts of this initiative on the ecosystem… In this regard the relevant technical support from engineers is highly required.

Finally, I hereby wish to humbly plead with those who are rich, and the micro financing institutions to provide the required support to the needy. With this initiative we shall be able to run away from the pinch and pressure that come with erratic rains, floods, and drought. Together we can win this battle, while enhancing the sustainable human growth and development.


Together In Curbing Social Imperfections

BY: Dan Phale*

I have taken time before being on the website due to some impediments beyond my control… But now I am back. In fact this time I feel all the inclination to chat with you on the exclusive need for us to be up and vigilant against some of the social imperfections which exist in our midst.

An earth is more or less like an ant hill; we go in through the same door, but we happen to stay in different chambers… And why is this so? More often than not, this happens largely due to lack of faculty of reason… And significantly this gives rise to lots of moral problems such as disobedience or disrespect, arrogance; and social disparities like discriminatory acts manifested expressly or otherwise through insatiable greed, oppression, racism or tribalism, favouritism and nepotism.

Indicators of these are bias or poor leadership, draconian rules and/or policies, bribery and corruption, inequality of distribution of wealth, among others. In workplaces people experience unfair administrative justice with little or no application of the doctrines of natural justice and the rule of law. Workers get promoted because they are related to members of the top management. Adversely this creates a big lacuna in the way duties ought to be discharged by the workers. And in the long run this leads to low productivity and/or poor delivery of services because others feel downtrodden and discouraged.

In view of the aforementioned, large populations of people in many parts of the world have been subjected to lots of challenges such as perpetual poverty, very high cost of living, little human growth and development, and conflicts.

But perhaps it begins with education of children in terms of values and virtues of life which must begin during the infancy. In that way the children can easily have their mental faculties, from their first appearance on earth, directed towards the truth, sincerity and fairness, while being removed away from the evils, the obscenity, and the falsehoods. This age is comfortably regarded as the most solid immovable foundation upon which the moral formation is to be built. It is from childhood, as from a starting line, that a human being sets off on the lifelong race. And this must begin from their family homes which are the best domestic platform where life values are highly expected to be imparted in them by their parents and/or guardians.

In fact I agree with Basil the Great who once said that the soul of a human being is easily melted and molded while it is still at a tender age and as soft as a wax. Really while still young a person is easily shaped into the faculty of reason which cements the impression of perfect values of human life.

All what we desperately need in order to succeed in curbing social imperfections is unity among all classes of people… Even two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper; and when the spider webs are joined together they can tie up a lion. It is true that the dogs understand each other by their barking, and men get along together by their common language. Surely if we want to walk far, let us walk together.

For those who are on various leadership positions it is significant to note that even a king requires some advice at some point in time. Along this line of thinking leaders must realize that even the mightiest eagle comes down to the tree tops to rest… And for us who are under control of others, let us respect them.