By 2040, nearly everyone on the planet could be impacted by the world’s growing water crisis. Why this matters and what you can do to help.
Next week, the world will celebrate WORLD WATER DAY — a day to accelerate change for one of the world’s most precious resources: water.
Globally, two billion people (26% of the world’s population) do not have access to safe drinking water, with nearly 50% of the global population impacted by water scarcity for at least part of the year, and nearly 75% of the global population faces some form of water insecurity. In Africa, 94% of the continent’s population does not have access to fresh drinking water. In Asia, more than 4 billion people live in water insecure countries; Pakistan’s water emergency has placed critically insecure, the amount of water available to each person declining year-over-year. Population growth and increased food demand have contributed to such states of insecurity, with climate change only going to exacerbate it further in the immediate future.
In 2015, Sao Paulo, turned off its water supply for 12 hours at a time; 14% of Brazil’s population without access to safe and reliable water. More cities are likely to follow.