1000 Flowers for the Planet - #479 Observe World Water Day
Today is World Water Day. It is a day to recognise that water is vital to survival on this planet. Water is not only available for the use of humans, but for everything – animals, fish, insects, plants, ecosystems. Water provides life for all living things. Water is the basis of all ecosystems. Water has the power to keep us clean and prevent the spread of disease through our communities. Water has the power to create energy, which we use without thinking about, every day. These are the positive aspects of water.
Then there are the destructive ways in which humans use water. Manufacturing uses large amounts of water, which provides us with all the stuff we want, but pollutes water in the process. Water creates inequality – ‘women’ spend millions of hours every day, carrying water. Water can create conflict. More and more water is required to produce food as the world’s population explodes. Water is easily polluted, and carries that pollution far beyond the source of pollution, and this, in consequence, affects every living thing.
Spend today thinking about how well you use the most valuable resource this world has to offer us. We cannot live without it. Let’s make our use of it sustainable well into the future.