The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have predicted that by 2020 water shortages will be a serious worldwide problem. The European Union has recently warned the world that it is in a global water crisis and has made the issue a priority for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
“Water is fundamental to life on earth. For human populations and ecosystems to thrive, that water must be clean, it must stay clean and, most importantly, it must be accessible to all.” Irina Bokva, Director General of UNESCO – March 22, 2010
While most global discussions seem to revolve around global warming and the inevitable impacts during the 21st century, the reality is that water is a concern of paramount importance that deserves our immediate attention. While the verdict on global warming continues to be the subject of debate, we believe the concerns about sustainable water are far more imminent. Typically, we tend to reflect on needs and scarcity only in times of shocking hardship. Over the last 25 years, the United Nations, The World Bank and various other independent think-tanks have lead a growing but forceful outcry that was largely unheard until the occurrence of consecutive cataclysmic events such as the Sumatran Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Add the monthly water contamination events that seemed to dominate the news from China to the United States over the last year and the mounting news of corporate irresponsibility concerning the pollution of existing water supplies, and one has to strongly reflect on the state of the global water sector and the impact it will have on the generations to come.
The United Nations has reported that at least 1.5 billion people lack access to safe drinking water every day. More than 3.5 million people die each year from water-related pathogens.
“A Child dies every 15 seconds due to contaminated water”
Drinking water is essential for all body functions and life itself. Considering that our bodies are approximately 80% liquid and our brains are 90% water, understanding water’s important role in the body can be a fountain of health. Water is the essential element in life needed to maintain good health and well-being. We need water to digest food and eliminate toxins and waste from our bodies. Water protects our cell tissue, regulates body temperature and transports oxygen and nutrients throughout our bodies. Water allows our bodies to heal and helps prevent disease and obesity. Water is the most important nutrient in our bodies. Of course, the quality of the water we drink directly impacts our body’s life-supporting functions. Researchers agree pure water is the ultimate drink for life and health.
The world’s water is constantly moving in what is called the water cycle or hydraulic cycle. This means that water locations change between the oceans, the atmosphere, rivers and lakes and below the ground, but the volume of water always remains constant. This means there is never going to be additional water made available to our planet. The significant difference is the negative impact that humans have had on the available water.
Only 1% of the earth’s water is available as drinking water for humans and animals and that 1% is being contaminated by the industrial civilization in which we live. Pollutants such as physical & biological waste, chemicals, pesticides from agriculture, and pharmaceuticals have contaminated our water beyond the point where we are able to clean it. It’s becoming more and more difficult to access good water.
Water Is Not a Renewable Resource
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