Extremely disturbed is an understatement for the way most feel about the BP oil spill. Outraged at the prevention, effects and recovery of it all, there have even been contests to redesign BP’s logo to represent it leaking from oil, floating in black fluid and more. We are all saddened by what it’s done to our environment, our animals, our coast, our way of living and our water.
Water. It covers 71% of our earth anyway, so what’s the big deal if only a bit of it gets polluted? Well, only 1% is available for human use. Most of it is frozen in polar ice caps or beneath the Earth’s surface. I came across these awesome photos shot by National Geographic that really put into perspective, for me, how water is used, gathered and created across the globe. The photos are amazing and I suggest you really take a peek at them before reading on.
However much amazing, some of those photos disturbed me. Specifically, three stand out as I think back now – the brown water-filled baby bottles, the child swimming in trash and the women carrying gallons of murky water from miles away.
The truth is, there is more waste water generated and dispersed today that at any other time in the history of our planet. More than one out of six people lack access to hygienic drinking water. That is, 2.6 billion people do not have the safe water they need to survive. Every day, 3,900 children die every day from water borne diseases, according to World Health Organization. That’s right, almost 4,000 children a day!
Those photos really put a different perspective for me about water in the world. But now that oil is gushing in our gulf, it really brings it home to me and makes me wonder, how can we improve our water crisis? How can we stop water waste?
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