Some food for thought as 2018's World Water Day comes to an end. All of us are capable of making small changes to reduce our ecological footprint, reduce the purchasing of plastics while keeping them out of habitats (the ocean is begging you people)!
★ Natural Disasters (floods, storms, tsunamis, droughts, landslides, etc.) are especially dangerous in areas of unplanned urban development. Damages may include but are certainly not limited to crop yields and infrastructure along with the desanitation of local water sources and decreased human health.
★ Severe/unpredictable floods and drought have contributed to the global refugee crises, political instability, as well as food security
★ In a multitude of low-income nations around the globe, the responsibility for managing the household water supply falls onto the girls and women. The time-consuming journey the females must make on a daily basis is often dangerous. Their increased vulnerability to abuse or attack along the way in addition to inadequate and insufficient hygiene materials contribute to a disparity in gender equality. Local policy, agenda and educational programs are hard at work to combat this injustice through literacy classes and community development projects
★ Agricultural/industrial runoff, untreated sewage, and wastewater are responsible for the dispersal of contaminants that taint global water supplies. Consequences of the waste and toxins being introduced into ‘clean’ water lead to the inability for communities to acquire a safe water supply. Diseases are rapidly spread through populations via water sources, especially in densely populated regions
★ Water scarcity has become an environmental and social question that dominates many media platforms. The relationship between human population/development and the water supply has become unbalanced. Management policies and plans are in the works if not already in place in many countries. One main goal is to mitigate the issue through legislation and preservation, ultimately preventing a global water shortage crisis.