Month: January 2015

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Water being poured into a glass.
Planet Sustainability Television focuses on important issues including water conservation. Image courtesy of Naypong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Humans cannot survive without water. Neither can plants or animals. Currently, the amount of water available for consumption is dwindling, thanks to contamination and overuse by the world’s population. Planet Sustainability producers explore the dire situation surrounding earth’s water situation, looking into what can be done to make a change, and what could happen if nothing changes.

Water management is necessary to control what water is available and where it should be used. With less than three percent of the earth’s water available for drinking, the remaining 2.5 percent is frozen. What is left needs to be protected so that mankind and the world’s ecosystems have the ability to sustain life. Of the remaining .5 percent of fresh water, much is used for drinking water, some goes to industry and agriculture and some remains in rivers, lakes and manmade storage facilities.

A large portion of the world’s fresh water is stored in underground aquifers, but those sources are being exploited. Draining the world’s aquifers could result in a real problem for future generations if extreme practices are not contained. Sustainable agriculture and industrial practices need to change in order to protect the fresh water available.

The world depends on water. Without it, the human race cannot survive. Sustainable use of the earth’s fresh water sources are needed to ensure that all countries, wealthy and poor, have the water needed for their populations.

Photo of waterfall in a shaded forest.
Fresh water is a valuable natural resource. Image courtesy of prozac1 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Water is one of the most important elements for human survival. Not only do humans require water to survive, but water is also an essential element for the health of the entire ecosystem. As the human population continues to grow exponentially, the world enters a potential water crisis. Between over usage of water for manufacturing, landscaping, and other modern conveniences, pollution entering the ground water, and climate change leading to significant droughts, water is becoming a more and more valuable commodity.

Although the majority of the Earth is made up of water, less than 3 percent of the water in the world is fresh and thereby drinkable. However, the majority of this water remains difficult to harvest, as it is frozen in glaciers or in Antarctica and the Arctic. That leaves only 0.5 percent of the global water on which mankind and the rest of the ecosystem can rely. Much of this water is stored in underground aquifers, although some comes from rainfall, some is found in natural lakes and rivers, and the rest is stored in man made storage facilities.

Although the world has water, it is not always in an easily accessible and potable place. Furthermore, pollution can make the available water no longer potable. If people do not take action to not only conserve but also help keep drinking water uncontaminated, then there will be significant problems globally. The Planet Sustainability producers see the need for educating the public on this potential crisis, so they have created a TV show to provide the necessary information.