Marine Pollution and Water Scarcity WWD 2012

Mar 21 2012

For the past couple of weeks Sea•thos has been buzzing about World Water Day 2012! Many people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water. It turns out that protecting the health of our oceans can actually help conserve water and ensure that the whole world will have enough to drink! Here is how:

Water Scarcity

WWD celebrates water and aims to spread awareness about water scarcity

- 884 million (approx. one in eight) people around the world lack access to safe drinking water

-At least 400 million people worldwide live in areas with severe water shortages

-In Africa alone, people (mainly women and children) spend 40 billion hours per year walking to the nearest source of water

Reduce Pollution
By reducing pollution, we can limit the amount of waste entering our marine systems (oceans, rivers, lakes etc.) and ensure the availability of clean drinking water for the whole world:

-3.575 million people, including 1.4 million children, die each year from water-related disease

-About 33% of the toxic contaminants in the ocean are a result of air pollution; 44% are a result of runoff from rivers and streams

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90% of waste water in developing countries is discharged into rivers and streams without any treatment eventually leading to the ocean


 

Get a reusable water bottle
 By ditching plastic we can reduce marine pollution and conserve water.

-80 to 90% of marine pollution is plastic debris

-It takes about 1.5 gallons of water to make a plastic bottle

-$100 billion is spent on bottled water annually. Just a quarter of that amount would provide access to safe drinking water to the whole planet! (onedrop.org)

Join in the celebration! Visit our World Water Day page to participate, watch videos, and enter to win a free Lifefactory water bottle!

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