We can't talk about the importance of hydrating our bodies without understanding the impact our hydration choices make on the environment and the world around us. In March and April each year, World Water Day and Earth Day issue a call to action: get involved! Take actions that positively impact the world around you.
Water is an inorganic, transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance. It's the main constituent of Earth's hydrosphere (all the water on the Earth's surface, such as lakes and seas, and sometimes clouds) and the fluids of all known living organisms, for which it acts as a solvent (it's able to dissolve other substances).
Water is vital for all known forms of life, even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients. Water also plays an important role in the world’s economy:
- Approximately 70% of the fresh water used by humans goes to agriculture.
- Fishing supplies a major source of food for many parts of the world.
- Much of the trade in commodities such as oil, natural gas and manufactured products is transported by boats through seas, rivers, lakes, and canals.
- Large quantities of water, ice, and steam are used for cooling and heating in industry and homes.
- Because water is an excellent solvent for a variety of mineral and organic substances, it is widely used in industrial processes, and in cooking and washing.
- Water, ice, and snow are also central to many sports and other forms of entertainment, such as swimming, pleasure boating, ice skating, and skiing.
In short, pretty much everything we need and want requires water.
March 22 is World Water Day
Water is our most precious resource. Annually, on March 22, we observe World Water Day to learn more about our planet’s water. What is its true value? And how can we work to better protect it?
Climate change, population growth, and increasing urbanization have a negative impact on lakes, rivers, wetlands, and coastal basins globally. These bodies of water are becoming increasingly polluted and depleted. Global warming causes ecological disruptions such as increased flooding and droughts, which in turn negatively impact all living things in the ecosystems affected.
While none of us can eliminate our water footprint and still survive, watching what we use and being more conscious about water conservation can make a huge difference, says the United Nations.
April 22 is Earth Day
Earth Day, observed on April 22 annually since 1970, will look different again this year. With most of the world in lockdown we won't have the typical celebrations, but we can still make a difference by monitoring our own choices more effectively.
Climate change and other environmental degradations have broken down our natural systems, leading to new and fatal diseases as well as a breakdown of the global economy, says Earth Day. But just as climate change and COVID-19 provide painful reminders of the harm we've caused, Earth Day's Restore Our Earth campaign highlights opportunities that lay ahead. Every one of us needs a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health and survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it's a necessity.
Here are some suggestions for resolutions honoring Earth Day:
- Paper, plastic, metal, and fabrics can't be produced without water. Resolve to cut down on waste products and use recycled products when they're an option.
- Power generated by traditional coal or natural gas sources produces greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Science supports that renewable energy (such as solar, wind, and nuclear) does not. Resolve to look for cost-effective renewable energy sources to heat and light your home.
Perhaps the single most important resolution you can make to honor Earth Day is to avoid purchasing single-use plastic bottles. Billions of people still choose single-use plastic bottles, and the typical adult may use more than six plastic bottles a day. Worldwide, more than one million plastic bottles are sold every minute.
It's estimated that more than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day. Every year, eight million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans — equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world.
A walk on the beach can give anyone insight into how staggering our addiction to plastic has become, says One Green Planet. Bottles, cans, bags, lids, and straws are ever-present. The remains of animal carcasses are frequently observed with the plastic debris they ingested or became entangled in still visible. Some estimates suggest that at least 100 million marine mammals are killed each year from plastic pollution. Learn more about how the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage in one generation at National Geographic.
Make World Water Day and Earth Day a call to action. Get involved! Take steps to make a positive and lasting impact on our world.
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