Water and poverty

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Water and poverty

Water and poverty

Water is a very important resource for people and the environment because without it life wouldn't exist. Over 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, but only 1/3 of it is drinkable. In developed countries, the abundance of water is guaranteed, but it is not so in all parts of the world. For example, in Africa one of the greatest causes of poverty is the lack of access to clean drinkable water. Nearly one billion people don't have access to clean, safe water. With water sources often kilometers away from the village, women are forced to spend hours each day finding and transporting water. Without clean water, the possibility of breaking out of the cycle of poverty is incredibly slim. We should never forget how fortunate we are living in a country where water is accessible to all. We should consider it one of the most valuable assets, that shouldn’t be wasted in any way.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?To avoid pollution and water waste, remember :-not to throw bottles or plastic bags in the water when you go to sea-have shower instead of bath-not to leave the tap open if you aren't using it, for example when you wash your hands or brush your teeth-wash fruits and vegetables in a bowlRemember also that meat production is an activity that requires a large consumption of water, so if you can try to eat less meat.

The world needs all of us to change. Remember, YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!



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