The fresh water Crisis is not only going to affect developing and poor countries as it is as the moment; it is predicted that by 2030 approximately 50% of the world will be facing a major fresh water crisis if things continue the way they are.
Two recent surveys conducted recently have found that water scarcity and water pollution are the top two environmental concerns across the globe. The burgeoning population growth is leading to more urban development, requires more farm production; add climate change to this and there is increasing competition for fresh water.
This is all resulting in water shortages so acute that almost every industry is predicting sweeping systemic transformation over the next decade in their production practices, strategic planning, and business models.
There are various methods that can be utilised to make a difference:
- Population Growth Control may not be a popular solution, but let’s face facts; there are just too many people in the world for the planet to cope and this is only going to get worse, with an estimated 65% supply-demand gap in water resources by 2030.
- Climate Change Mitigation: Water management policies and measures can have an influence on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Climate change mitigation means pursuing various renewable energy options that use less water as well as being produced from alternatives such as bio-energy crops, hydropower and solar power plants.
- Transfer of Technology via Water Projects in developing countries such as northwest India and Sub-Saharan Africa will aid these countries, which are experiencing the worst water scarcity and most dramatic consequences of climate change due to lack of finance and skills gaps.
- Addressing Pollution to Improve the Quality of Water is essential to human health and biodiversity. This can be done via the media, such as Joe Berlinger’s documentary on oil contaminating the Ecuadorian Amazon or other eco-conscious media outlets, so long as it is done on all levels and results in building international bridges to solutions.
Influential thought leaders are coming up with new, innovative ideas all the time, and this is great because we need all the ideas that we can to help our planet before it is too late.
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