The Earth has vast amounts of water – yet very little of it is drinkable.
“Over one billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water,
and over three billion have no access to sanitation.”
• Underground water is being used for irrigation much faster than it is being replaced.
• Millions of hectares of farmland are productive only because they can be irrigated by pumping water from below Earth’s surface.
Huge pools of sub-surface fresh water that took millions of years to collect are being drained in just a matter of decades.
”It is predicted that by 2030, the demand in our world
will outstrip supply by 40%.” —Maude Barlow
Take Action! Measure Your Water Footprint .
Water is an essential part of our daily lives. How many gallons a day do you use?
Watch this short film from Charity Water, an organization successfully raising money to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations:
Water on the Table asks whether water is a “commercial good like running shoes or Coca-Cola? Or, is water a human right like air?
The idea of “water justice” is based on the principle that water is a public trust and part of the global commons. Visit Blue Planet Project to learn more about water justice.