Life is where water is

March 24, 2016 - 4 minutes read

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Water is one of the most basic human requirements. It is essential to all aspects of life; health, food production, development and economy. However, the increased demand of water by the growing population and industrial sectors has emerged as a challenge to the stakeholders of the modern world. The freshwater sources including glaciers, groundwater, lakes, rivers and swaps are being depleted rapidly and it is anticipated that the third world war might not be for land but for water.

The complication of the issue has resulted from the human activities. Human activities such as burning of fossil fuels, use of energy intensive automobiles, excessive meat production, and deforestation lead to global warming and greenhouse effect. The scientific community has been predicting for ages a global climate change.

Now, this change has become increasingly evident. As the Earth’s temperature is rising by some degrees each year, the fresh water resources are under a constant threat of devastation. High temperature causes evaporation and melting of glaciers causing frequent droughts and floods. Therefore, the water systems that keep the ecosystems in a balance are tensed. Under the existing conditions billions of people worldwide lack access to water.3

Unfortunately, we fail to recognize this situation and take water for granted. To maintain sustainability and life, the earth demands us to protect and conserve its natural water resources.

Every individual has to realize his responsibility and play an effective role in this regard. The little steps taken by each of us will create a positive impact on the larger scale. The ways to conserve water can range from recycling and reusing water to changing our eating, cleaning habits and preventing pollution.

Considering alternative water sources e.g. rainwater, treated sewage water, and industrial water is a major step in reducing the stress on our freshwater resources. It cannot only conserve water but also helps us to avoid wasting water. Changing our food habits i.e. opting for more vegetables and less for animal products is also one of the ways to conserve water. It takes great quantities of water to produce diary and meat products as the feed of these animals is water intensive.

1Processed foods also consume a lot of water in the industries. So including more vegetables and fruits in your diet will reduce your water footprint. Similarly, water can also be conserved in the kitchen and wash rooms by checking your water cooking and laundry habits. Managing our waste dumping habits can also help in reducing pollution of the water bodies and therefore protect our water resources.

Conservation is the most convenient source of protecting the earth’s water. It is important to conserve. Above all, it’s not only about saving water it’s about saving lives. The development challenges of the 21st century cannot be met until we learn to efficiently manage our water resources.

The World Water day celebrated each year is one of the global efforts to encourage sustainable management of fresh water resources. Let us take rapid actions and save water; for life, for health, for development, and for our future.

Contributed By: Saneea Imran

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