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WATER-ÁGUA

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Clean water is an immensely precious resource. Without water there is no life.

Some Environmental Issues Related to Water

  • OVERPOPULATION
  • DESERTIFICATION
  • POLLUTION/ WATER CONTAMINATION
  • CLIMATE CHANGE MELTING GLACIERS
  • OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

  • OVERPOPULATION
  • will strain current water resources to their limits, cause an increase in water pollution, and lead to an increase in civil and international conflicts over existing water supplies. Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. It is vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving the health, welfare and productivity of populations.

  • DESERTIFICATION
  • affects topsoil, groundwater reserves, surface runoff, human, animal and plant populations. Water scarcity in drylands limits the production of wood, crops, forage and other services that ecosystems provide to our community.

  • POLLUTION/ WATER CONTAMINATION
  • through plastic and microplastic is threatening marine life. Mining and the use of fossil fuels poisons our rivers, lakes and oceans. Water runoffs, which carry sediments, nutrients, and pesticides from agricultural fields into surface and ground water, furthermore the shipping and cruising industry, dumping waste and the petrol used are other polluting factors.

  • CLIMATE CHANGE MELTING GLACIERS
  • In the face of ongoing global warming, the poles are warming faster than lower latitudes. The primary cause of this phenomenon is ice-albedo feedback, whereby melting ice uncovers darker land or ocean beneath, which then absorbs more sunlight, causing more heating.

  • OCEAN ACIDIFICATION
  • affects shells and reefs. Rising levels of atmospheric carbon due to fossil fuel emissions have made seawater more acidic. Increasing acidification could wreak havoc on marine organisms that build their shells and skeletons from calcium carbonate.

    Did you know?
    To produce 150 gr beef burger 2350 liters of water is needed, a soyburger only 158 liters and a veggieburger even less.
    A cigarette butt can contaminate 200 liters of water.
    One container ship pollutes equally as 50 million cars.
    The poorest 20% of the population in Asia and Africa spend between 3 to 11% of their household income on water. This calculation does not include the cost of the time women spend on collecting water and managing water and sanitation facilities.

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    Fertilizer/Plastic

    Pollution
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    Oilspill

    Contaminating gulf
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    Contamination

    Toxic Coppercyanide
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    Bauxite residue

    alkaline contamination
    Cleaning Machine 400 meters long 35m deep shaped like a fishbone sweeps up plastic after calming down the waters.
    System to recycle wastewater, like geysers, these pumps mix millions of liters of water, slowly purifying it.
    "Blue carbon" ecosystems (Seaweed forest) can take up 20 times more CO2 from the atmosphere than land-based forests.
    Ocean gyres scooping up marine debris as the barrier is pushed by wind and current.
    Glycolic acid water purification is one of the most effective, environmentally friendly systems for water cleaning

    YES TO LESS IS MORE!
    YES WE CAN...

    • Buy products that consume less water to produce. For example it takes 1020 Liters of water to produce one liter of cow milk, hemp milk only 2% of that
    • consume less softdrinks, remember the hidden costs, for example one needs 35 liters to produce 1 liter of cola.
    • filter drinking water with a closed system activated carbon filter or drink tap water instead of buying bottled water
    • buy less new clothes, remember one needs 2500 liters of water to produce one T-shirt, one made of hemp less than half.
    • clean dishes with a fork without pre-rinsing
    • soak pots and pans instead of running tap water over them to loosen stuck on foods.
    • steam veggies on-top of the rice or boiling pasta. It also keeps more taste and vitamins
    • turn off the water when brushing teeth, washing our hair, body and fill the sink with water to rinse our razor as we shave.
    • choose a shower over a bath; it takes up to 70 gallons of water to fill the tub and take short showers (5 minutes)
    • take off shoes in the house so it keeps clean and we have to mop less frequent.
    • clean patios, sidewalks, or decks with a broom instead of a blast from the water hose.
    • while waiting for water to warm up, catch running tap water in a container and use it to wash fruits and vegetables and after water the plants
    • push for fundamental changes for a more sustainable living in politics and support industry which is protecting and providing quality to water
    • remember every time we buy a product we support the industry behind it - we can choose wisely what we support.
    • remember that every little bit counts
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