World Water Day is about focusing attention on the importance of water. Unsurprisingly, for us Surfers keeping the worlds waters clean is very important. On the UK Pro Surf Tour we strive to do our bit for the environment and our oceans. That’s why, during the first event on the Pro Surf Tour, The Surfaced Pro, we have invited leading environmental campaigners such as SAS and Beach Rangers to promote their projects. We hope people listen to what they have to say and help change the future for our oceans.
But back to World Water Day, here are some facts you need to know about our water!
The world demand for water
2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking. By 2050, the world’s population will have grown by an estimated 2 billion people and global water demand could be up to 30% higher than it is today.
The availability of water
Today, around 1.9 billion people live in potentially severely water-scarce areas. By 2050, this could increase to around 3 billion people.
An estimated 1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination from human faeces. Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the environment without being treated or reused.
Climate and environment
The number of people at risk from floods is projected to rise from 1.2 billion today to around 1.6 billion in 2050 – nearly 20% of the world’s population. Today, around 1.8 billion people are affected by land degradation and desertification. At least 65% of forested land is in a degraded state.
An estimated 64-71% of natural wetlands have been lost since 1900 as a result of human activity. Soil erosion from croplands carries away 25 to 40 billion tonnes of topsoil every year, significantly reducing crop yields and the soil’s ability to regulate water, carbon and nutrients. The runoff, containing large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous, is also a major contributor to water pollution.
Take a few moments and have a look at the World Water Day website and learn more about their plans for sustainable development.