By Julia Hernández Malagón
Did you know that World Water Day is celebrated each year? This year, it fell on March 22.
What makes water so important?
Water is essential for life, and the reasons for this are numerous. Water is so important for the creation of life that when scientists look for living things on other planets, they look for this compound.
Due to its chemical properties, water is a great solvent. Almost anything can be dissolved in water, and it’s known as a universal solvent. It has a high specific heat, which means that it experiences low changes in temperature, allowing organisms to adapt to the water around them.
Water makes up approximately 60% of our body weight. It cleans our body by getting rid of toxic substances and acts as a thermo-regulator by dissipating heat when our body temperature gets too high.
It is also essential for photosynthesis, which is itself essential to life on Earth.
Why should water be on our minds right now?
Despite clear evidence of the necessity of water in our lives, billions of people around the world have poor access to water, sanitation, and hygiene, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. This lack of water affects several sectors, including food security. Due to climate change, access to water is becoming less predictable, with many regions experiencing droughts and water scarcity.
How can I contribute to protecting the Earth’s water supply?
Here are some tips to add to your action list:
Below, you'll find some useful charts to help you gauge the water footprint of your foods.
Graph obtained from: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46654042
Graph obtained from: https://www.statista.com/chart/9483/how-thirsty-is-our-food/
Understanding your water footprint
Understanding our impact is often the first step toward making positive changes.
By gauging your water footprint, you can measure the impact that your daily activities have and identify when and where you are consuming water. This will enable you to find ways to reduce consumption. As the saying goes, “What can be measured can be improved.”
If you want to get an idea of what your water footprint looks like, you can use this personal water footprint calculator. This tool calculates the approximate amount of water you consume in your daily life.
You’ll also see a footprint calculator for businesses that can help measure your company’s water footprint. This water footprint calculator measures the amount of water used to create and share your products or services.
Don’t forget, water is a priceless resource that many don’t have access to, so please consume it wisely!
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