World Water Day is an annual event created by the United Nations and celebrated on March 22nd. It’s an opportunity to spread the word about water-related issues and focus our attention on a natural resource that we depend on, but all too often take for granted.
We asked our community of artists to create cinemagraphs illustrating some of the most startling water-related facts and statistics. Click your way through the gallery and help us spread the message by sharing the project with your friends and family.
Water scarcity affects around 40% of the global population.
Worldwide, 2.5 billion people depend solely on groundwater and often have to walk for miles in order to satisfy their basic daily needs.
In developing countries, about 90% of wastewater is discharged directly into rivers, lakes and oceans without any treatment.
The global population is estimated to increase from 7 billion to over 9 billion by 2050. To feed the rapidly increasing number of people, food production will need to double, but the amount of water and arable land available remains the same.
Roughly 20% of the world’s aquifers (layers of underground rock containing freshwater) are being over-exploited, leading to permanent damage.
While freshwater is becoming more scarce, the amount of seawater is increasing. Sea levels could rise by up to 190 centimetres (higher than the average person) by the end of the century. Low-lying coastal communities and island states are at risk of being submerged.
Humanity needs water to thrive. Easy access to clean drinking water and sanitation should not be a privilege for the rich, but a given for everyone. Think about your own consumption of water and how to reduce it. Together we can make a difference.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
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