Water is the biggest environmental crisis in terms of global risk and we don’t talk about it enough.
We’re fortunate to live in a country where fresh water flows free from the tap, but 783 million people (that’s 1 in 9) do not have access to clean water. Worldwide, nearly 1 in 5 deaths of children under 5 is due to water-related disease.
It’s projected that two-thirds of humanity will live in water-stressed areas by 2025. That’s five years from now.
World Water Day 2020 is about water and climate change. Careful use of water can help reduce floods, droughts, scarcity and pollution—and help fight climate change. By using water more efficiently, we can reduce greenhouse gases, protect people’s health and save lives.
Friends of the Earth has come up with 13 ways to save water and stop climate breakdown. We really can move the needle with everyday, individual actions. These are some of our favorites because they’re easy(ish) to adopt:
- Turn off the tap while brushing teeth and fix any leaky faucets.
- Take shorter showers and switch to a water-conserving shower head. Tip: While shampooing, conditioning and soaping, turn off the shower until you’re ready to rinse. (We feel your pain… long, hot showers and baths are our thing, but saving the planet takes sacrifice!)
- Get a low-flush toilet or if you can’t, try a water-saving toilet bag for your older toilet. You’ll save water (and money) with each flush.
- Eat more seasonal plants, less meat and dairy. Raising animals for consumption uses incredible amounts of water, plus it’s a huge contributor to global warming. And put down the avo toast: Growing and harvesting avocados is extremely water-intensive.
- Don’t hand-wash dishes! Filling up the dishwasher uses far less water and gives you more free time. Win-win.
- Donate to these organizations tackling the water crisis in various ways: The Conservation Fund; Population Connection; Lions Club International Foundation; Feed the Children
While it seems like worrying about one more thing during this pandemic is too much, isn’t now the best time to rethink how we’re living and the choices we’re making? Let’s come out of this with a greater appreciation for what we have and a mind to make things better for everyone on our planet.