Water scarcity is a problem that the worlds have pushed away and ignored for decades. Warning lights were flashing as early as 1990, however, the world is now finally realizing the danger that is this water crisis because of recent events. Countries such as Australia and Brazil have lost trillions of gallons of water, and even ⅓ of water basins across the world are starting to run dry. Cape Town is even said to run out of fresh water on July 15, leaving its 4 million citizens to live without water; a basic necessity needed to survive. Animal agriculture and our rising population contribute to about 80% of water used, however, climate change also plays a part in this crisis. Luckily, we have an early warning of this issue. By preparing now and working diligently to solve this crisis, billions won’t have to go thirsty, and daily life won’t be drastically affected.
I chose CNN because it is a widely viewed website. Millions daily rely on CNN for information on what is happening in the world around them. Said website also had hundreds of articles on environmental crisis happening globally that were factual and unbiased. In the article, I chose there was no opinion that leaned to either political party and each piece of evidence stated was backed up by an expert in that field. This rules out the idea of “fake news”. CNN, however, has been criticized by Donald Trump for having biased opinions and spreading news rumored to be untrue, however, while this may be true when it comes to political news, articles that report on events such as the water crisis are affiliated with neither political party, and therefore can not have a biased opinion. These issues affect our nation as a whole, not just a certain political party.
A similar article written about the current water crisis was done by BBC (Article). This article contained more statistics than the previous one written on CNN, however, it did not mention any ways on how to solve said crisis. The article was written on CNN also gave the reader a sense of urgency and explained how this growing issue will soon affect us all, while the BBC article focused primarily on a few cases where the water supply is diminishing. This may give the average American reader the idea that this crisis will have no effect on them. The CNN article also felt more personal and had factual evidence that was presented in an impactful way to the reader, while the BBC article contained extreme amounts of statistics that could leave the reader feeling lost.
The author of this article writes in the first person. While the said author does use pronouns such as, “we”, “me”, etc, the article contains factual evidence with cited sources. The author also uses statistics throughout the article but delivers said facts in a way that is impactful to the reader, making the issue more personal and therefore more important. The author also does not display any biased opinions throughout the article. They use factual evidence and examples going on currently around the world to make sure every statement is well backed up and strengthens their point.