A major report by United Nations released in June shows data that points to the fact that on a global level, we are behind for meeting the goal of providing everyone with safe water to drink and sanitation by 2030. What’s more alarming is that, at this rate, by 2050 half of the world’s population won’t have clean water to drink. The number of people who’re lacking drinking water now is already high, but to have data that shows just exactly how downhill things can go is more than worrying.
What exactly is causing this decrease in drinkable water? Unfortunately, it’s the same factors that have always been behind water shortages, that is global warming and the increasing population. By now, everyone has heard of the negative effects of global warming. Due to harmful emissions and greenhouse gas buildup, the Earth continues to get warmer, leading to an increasing amount of drought in the places that need water, while other areas continue to drown in it.
As far as the increasing population goes, we have a limited amount of freshwater and as the population continues to grow, spreading this water out is becoming increasingly difficult. It becomes even more challenging to handle these situations because solving one problem oftentimes makes it difficult for other people. For example, if we were to increase the amount of dams in the nation to better preserve rain water, we would be cutting off the water supply for those who fish downstream. We’re at the point where some tough decisions have to be made, not just in our homes, but on a national level, as well.
This may come as a surprise for many people because even though the data shows clear evidence of the negative effects of climate change, there’s very little being done on a national level. The need for reform in government actions as far as preserving the environment and focusing on climate change plays a big factor in not only how the U.S. handles water shortages, but how it helps other countries who are struggling with these shortages as well.
While we can take charge and influence government action as much as it’s legally possible, we can’t deny that we ourselves play a big role in this. We need to educate ourselves and our friends and families on how we can better preserve the water supply around us. Not only are we taking care of ourselves today, but step by step, we’re building a better world for our future generations tomorrow.