Climate emergency: Is the world running out of water?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019


Over 70% of Earths surface is covered in water despite only 1% being easily accessible for consumption.

\#Water has always been the life #blood of #civilisation. Many have fallen and decayed due to the absence and poor #management of this precious #resource. With #climate change already here, the time is ripe to examine our current usage and plan for the #future.


Earth’s surface is covered by approximately 70% water. Only 3% of this is #fresh water with 1% of it easily accessible for #consumption. Humans contain 60% water and currently, there are 7.7 Billion people on the #planet - this figure continues to grow #daily.


#Streams and #lakes have traditionally provided most civilisations with their water supply, however, thanks to #pollution#exploitation and climatic change, #towns and #cities have started to look elsewhere. We are at the beginning of a looming water #crisis.


To address the #shortage many wealthy nations have attempted to tap #ground water and build additional storage options including #lakes and #dams. While helpful in the short term, these solutions are designed to provide #relief during drought and not a long term solution. 


Thankfully water #conservation can start in #community - regardless of #economic status. While national #governments are responsible for developing #legislation to manage its security, it’s up to citizens to set social #expectations relating to its use. 


Developing irrigation systems that limit waste and use water effectively are critical.

There are many ways we can save water. From taking #shorter showers to ensuring our aquatic #infrastructure at home and in the community is well #maintained and not leaking. #Industry can #design and #develop manufacturing #processes that are less water-intensive, and #agriculture can focus on developing more efficient #irrigation systems.


From a more #novel perspective, reduction in water could also be achieved by #reclaiming it from our unwanted organic #waste. Every day tons of water locked up in fresh #fruit and #vegetables goes to waste in #landfill or down the #drain. If we can reclaim useable water from #sewerage then surely we can obtain it from #organic waste.


In dry third world countries good water management is critical to ensure the health and well being of citizens.

In countries like #Australia#India and #Africa where water is scarce, the time to act is now. Water management is not just a #governments job. It is the responsibility of every citizen to develop new ways to #capture#store#transport and #use water inefficient ways that are #sustainable for the future.

Nick Griffin

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