On World Water Day 2018, the Answer is in Nature

It slakes our thirst, makes our food grow, cleans us, transforms into energy, shelters an abundance of living things, and creates opportunities for play.

Water is life.

That’s why it’s vital to take action to address the looming global water crisis.

1.9 billion people live in areas where water is already scarce. 2.1 billion people have no access to safely managed drinking water supply.

When we neglect our ecosystems, we make things harder. Around the world, environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving water disaster: floods, droughts, water pollution. Our global wetlands are declining. Our forests are too.

The good news is that solutions exist. The answer is in nature.

This year’s World Water Day (celebrated globally every March 22) is dedicated to nature-based solutions to 21st century water challenges. The solutions point the way to meeting Sustainable Development Goal 6, ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

By planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands, we can rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods. We can also make the world a better place for all other living things.

What can you do today to celebrate water and make the world a bit better? Here are five ideas:

  1. Calculate your water footprint. How much water we use every day matters. And there’s water hidden in everything we use. Even a pair of jeans requires 10,000 litres of water for growing cotton, dying and washing.
  2. Go vegetarian for a day. Food is one of the main contributors to your water footprint. Skipping the meat every once in a while can have a big impact on your water use. Per gram of protein, pulses require 19 liters of water. A gram of chicken protein takes  34 liters. Steak requires a whopping 112 liters!
  3. Raise awareness. Hop on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and share some of the resources put together by World Water Day. Feel free to share or like The Green Channel’s posts!
  4. Volunteer some time with a local group working to conserve our water resources. Your local streamkeepers are a great choice. Our rivers and wetlands need some love.
  5. Give clean water to someone who needs it. Dollar for dollar, investing in water and sanitation is one of the best ways to help people out of poverty. Women and girls especially benefit.

Want to learn more about water? Check out UN Water’s resources. Or, watch Tapped for an eye-opening look at bottled water.

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