Sam found an article about a new local group working for sustainability and permaculture right here in northern Pinellas. Hurrah! I joined IMMEDIATELY and will attend my first meeting tomorrow - gathering seaweed on the causeway to use in composting. Don't know if they've considered that this is a limited resource utilized by many, many native creatures, but I'll find out tomorrow.
It's so good that even a small effort is being made - because more and more reports are becoming dire:
The World Water Council predicts that some 3.5 billion people will live in areas without sufficient water supplies by 2025. If global society continues to consume water in a business-as-usual way, there may not be enough water to produce the food needed to feed the world in 2050, according to the Worldwatch Institute's 2008 State of the World report.