Thursday, March 22, 2012

Today is World Water Day: more than 1.2 billion people have no access to clean, drinkable water. As much as half the world’s population struggles with little to no reliable access to clean, drinkable water. We are overconsuming our global fresh water resource at unprecedented, unsustainable rates. All of us owe it to future generations to correct our water management patterns, to make sure they will have what they need to survive and to enjoy their time on this Earth. For a brief review of the facts: 

  • The Earth contains 366,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water. 
  • That’s 366 quintillion gallons of water. 
  • Only .007% is potable. 
  • Today 7 billion of us share this precious resource. 
  • The ice on Kilimanjaro has shrunk 85% in 100 years. 
  • The Aral Sea — once Asia’s second-largest lake — is one tenth the size it was 50 years ago. 
  • Groundwater depletion in Mexico City has made it sink 30 feet. 
  • 2 million residents now lack piped water.
Across the world: 
  • A child dies every 20 seconds from a water-related illness.
  • Women spend 200 million hours per day collecting water. 
  • There are more mobile phones than in-home faucets or toilets. 

Get educated and find out what you can do to make the world’s fresh water supply last longer.