Did you know that only 1% of the world’s water is potable? And even that is in jeopardy as global warming continues to wreak havoc on our planet. As the population increases, so does the demand for freshwater; with it, our cities are becoming increasingly thirsty.
A recent study shows that by 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas. Already, 1.2 billion people live without clean drinking water. So what can you do to help? First, educate yourself on the issue and take action!
Here are six ways you can make a difference for those who do not have access to clean water:
1. Donate money or time to a charity working to provide clean water
To begin with, you can support the cause by donating money or time to a charity working to provide clean water. Many great organisations are doing fantastic work, so do your research and choose the one you connect with.
2. Advocate for change
Use your voice to call for change! Write letters to your representatives, sign petitions, and raise awareness on social media. The more people who stand up and demand action, the more likely we will see real change.
3. Conserve water in your own life
One of the simplest things you can do is reduce your water consumption. For example, turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, water your plants during the cooler hours of the day, and get a rain barrel to collect rainwater for your garden. Every little bit helps!
4. Educate yourself and others on the issue
Many people are unaware of the global water crisis, so educate yourself and then spread the word to others—the more people who understand the issue and are moved to take action, the better.
5. Support businesses working to solve the water crisis
Several businesses are working on innovative solutions to the water crisis. Support them!
6. Vote with your wallet
Choose to support companies that are environmentally and socially responsible when it comes to water usage. And don’t forget to let them know why you’re supporting them – your voice matters.
Water is essential for life, yet 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. You can help by taking action today. Every person has the power to make a difference. Educate yourself and others on the issue, advocate for change, and support businesses and organisations working to solve the global water crisis. Together, we can make a difference.