Did you know that more than 50% of the planet’s wetlands are completely dried out? Water systems all over the world are currently stressed. Systems that keep ecosystems alive and feed our human population are drying up at rapid rates. Rivers, lakes and aquifers are disappearing. Water scarcity is creating a global water crisis – which threatens the health of people, animals and our planet.
Where Did All The Water Go:
The human race has controlled and caused much of what is currently happening in regard to water scarcity. From building dams to industrial agriculture irrigation, humans – not Mother Nature – decide where water flows. As climate change occurs and temperatures rise, many freshwater areas are drying up. Droughts are becoming more common in many parts of the planet, while glaciers and snowpacks melt in others. All of these changes make water less available for people, farmers, and all of nature.
Water Scarcity Facts:
- 41% of the world’s population lives in river basins that are under water stress.
- 1.1 billion people lack access to water.
- 2.7 billion people live with water scarcity.
- Globally, about 4.5 billion people live within 50 kilometers of a water resource that is polluted or running dry.
- By 2050, five times as much land is likely to be under “extreme drought” than lands which are currently in this condition.
- In 2050, increased population will result in a 19% increase in agricultural water consumption.
- In the US, thermoelectric power plants account for nearly 50% of all freshwater withdrawals.
- Since 1960 – there has been a 55% drop in available fresh water.
- It is estimated that by 2030, there will be a 40% gap between water demand and water availability.
- Studies estimate that by 2050, between 150 and 200 million people could be displaced as a consequence of desertification, sea level rise and an increase in extreme weather.
How can I make an impact:
Action 1: Global Goodness
- Reduce your consumption. By preserving the fresh water we have now, we can reduce our direct impact on water levels.
- Change your behavior. Support companies that are working toward water preservation. Many of the products we buy come out of countries that are currently experiencing water scarcity. Check out our Conscious Consumer link to explore some amazing companies who are doing their part to reduce their water consumption.
Action 2: Planet Protector
- All of Action 1
- Implement water catchment or water harvesting techniques; this helps reduce the amount of tap water used to water your outdoor landscaping.
- Tell Congress we want better regulations. Companies and communities need to be responsible for their impact on water shortage. Stricter regulations will prevent the loss and pollution of water supply.
Action 3: Earth Angel
- All of Action 1 & 2
- Support initiatives that are starting water projects in developing countries. Areas in India and Sub-Saharan Africa are currently experiencing the highest areas of water scarcity.
- Get real about climate change. Go to http://healtheplanet.com to learn more about climate change and the many ways you can make a positive impact.