The Global Goals – Goal 6
Water Day 22nd March 2019
Over 40 per cent of the world’s population is affected by water scarcity. Global warming is predicted to make things worse. Since 1990, major efforts have ensured 2.1 billion can get clean water. But, this is still just a drop in the proverbial ocean. By 2011, 41 countries had ‘water stress’ - 10 are nearly out and have to rely on other sources. By 2050, through drought and land being swallowed by the desert, water shortages will become a way of life.
Protecting forests, mountains, wetlands and rivers is essential to limit shortages. These ecosystems are the source of our water. Good infrastructure, sanitation and hygiene are vital. Countries must share technology that can purify water - especially to developing nations.
Faced with such gloomy prospects, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Where do we begin? Let me share six simple things we can start doing today. They may seem simplistic, but if enough of us get behind them, we can make a difference:
- Support a charity committed to providing clean water. Small amounts go a long way.
- Voice your concerns on social media and in other public forums. Talk about the lack of toilets in many communities and the billions without sanitation.
- Raise awareness in your community. Run events, campaigns and educate those in your area.
- Don't overuse water. Don’t run the tap whilst washing dishes, take short showers, take short showers rather than baths and get a water meter to track usage.
- Organize a clean-up project for oceans, beaches and waterways. Involve the whole community.
- Stay informed. Follow your local news and stay in touch with the Global Goals online or on social media at @TheGlobalGoals.
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