Monday, July 23, 2012

Solving water issue is essential for our future survival

As you all know, water is essential for the survival of all living species in our planet. You could even say that the water is the life itself. However, our use of water is constantly increasing because we need water not only for drinking, but also for transport, agriculture, electricity and recreation.

The oceans are vast and cover great deal of our planet's surface but we cannot drink this water. In fact, only 3% of all water in our planet is freshwater, suitable for drinking.  

Glaciers are the largest reservoirs of freshwater on our planet but global warming is melting them rapidly. This is a major reason for concern because world is yet do so something about the ongoing climate change, meaning that many glaciers will likely continue their melting, further shrinking our already scarce water reserves.

The human population is constantly growing meaning that our demand for water will only grow bigger with time, and we'll have to find the way(s) to preserve enough water for our future generations.

In the last 100 years human population has tripled and global water consumption has increased sixfold. If we continue this path our thirsty planet will soon become even thirstier, and this thirst will lead to new wars and millions if not billions of human deaths.

The sustainable use of water resources is one of the main challenges for our civilization, a one on which the future of human race will depend.  UN reports that that by 2025, more than 60%  of the world's population will live in areas with inadequate water supply.

We must make right choices to overcome this challenge and ensure there is enough water for all people on this planet.  More than one billion people on this planet lack access to clean, safe drinking water.  It has been estimated that around 75% deaths in developing countries are the result of different water-related diseases.

The first thing our society needs to do is to look at water as the most precious resource on this planet. Without this we might as well forget about the sustainable water use concept.