Moby Calls for Water Reform to Fight California Drought
As the California drought continues in its fourth year, with the summer on the horizon, one vocal activist is calling for better water reform to help alleviate the problems of the state.
Moby, a California resident of some six years now, is advocating for water reform, having started a petition to urge Governor Jerry Brown to do more than the restrictions he has already placed on water usage. Moby is looking to ensure that the groundwater still available is not over pumped and depleted, and argues that the limitations placed on residents and municipalities need to extend to agribusiness.
“California has a finite resource in terms of water,” said Moby in an interview with Forbes. “So whether Governor Brown wants to change water policy or not, the change is going to have to happen.”
Moby, a vegan and an animal rights activist, points to the subsidization and production of beef and certain grains as one of the ways in which the state is unnecessarily using and abusing water.
You wonder why, in a state with limited water resources, is water being used for this?” he said. “If you freed up the water that goes to cotton, alfalfa, beef and almonds and let it be used by farmers growing more sustainable crops, you’d have a boom in agriculture. They use about 40 to 50 per cent of California’s water and contribute less than one per cent to California’s GDP.”
For his part, Moby has replaced his lawn with mulch and installed a computer-regulated drip irrigation system. He also thinks the drought could end quickly if the right actions are taken.
“End subsidies to California water and let it cost the same for everyone,” he argues. “If that was the case, California’s water problems would disappear tomorrow.”