Water is complex. It is linked to almost everything in the world. But complexity should not hinder understanding: Water is a precondition for human existence and for the sustainability of the planet.
Another 2% is held in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just one percent for all of humanity's needs - agricultural, residential, manufacturing, and community needs.
WATER covers around more than 70% of the Earth's surface.
According to WHO and UNICEF, approximately 894 million people globally don’t have access to improved water sources.
In Australia 1 liter of bottled water is more expensive than 1 litre of petrol.
It takes 91 liters of water to produce one pint of beer.
Only 1 of 5 bottles is RECYCLED.
Behind every fruit, every meat, every drink, lies a huge amount of natural resources.
One kilogramme of beef requires an massive 15,415 litres of water. That is 50 times as much is needed to produce a kilogramme of vegetables.
70% of global water consumption is accounted for by the agricultural industry, mainly for irrigation purposes. Industry represents 20% of total consumption, which is dominated by energy production and production activities. The remaining 10% is owned by households, only 1% is used as drinking water.
This number is even greater in areas of high water scarcity and high population density.
1.8 billion people worldwide drink mud-contaminated water.
80 % of marine pollution originates on land, whether along the coast or far inland.
Asia has the highest number of polluted rivers in the world, mostly due to its dumping of raw sewage and the resulting bacteria.
Elevated water temperatures decrease oxygen levels, which can kill fish and alter food chain composition, reduce species biodiversity, and foster invasion by new thermophilic species.
Therefore, it is important to consider the re-use of materials and recycling them.
Plastic waste being a major water pollutant, is causing huge destruction of marine life and is believed to be responsible for deaths of more than 100,000 sea mammals, sea birds and various types of fishes.
In 2016, man consumed all the resources that the planet can renew in a year in just 7 months and 8 days. “Earth Overshoot Day”, calculated every year by the Global Footprint Network, was on 8 August 2016. The date falls earlier and earlier every year; in 2000 it was on 1 October. (Global Footprint Network)
The material produced by recycling 5 water bottles made from PET can make one tee-shirt.
(Bureau of International Recycling)
Water acts as a natural purifier and removes toxins from our system that we inhale through pollution and food. Drinking water helps to flush the system of these harmful pollutants.
The existence of pure water is essential for life on Earth.
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