Now that we have 7 billion people on Earth, and 2 billion more are expected to join us in 2050, it’s a good idea to wise up and get to know the facts.
The average person drinks 2 to 4 litres of water a day, but did you know most of it comes from our food? e.g. producing 1 kg of beef uses up 15,000 litres of water; 1 kg of wheat takes up 1,500 litres.
The United Nations suggests we can play our part by:
- Following a healthier, sustainable diet.
- Consuming less water-intensive products.
- Reducing food wastage – 30 per cent of food produced is never eaten, so imagine how much water we’ve lost.
- Produce better quality food that takes up less water.
More info on the UN Water Day site.
Here are some infographics I found to illustrate our relationship with water. Click on the images to enlarge.
From Nature Magazine. It’s worth noting the top 3 water consumers also make up a large percentage of the world’s population.
This very cool infographic by shoe brand Teva offers tips for saving water that are easy to do – feel free to share these and make a difference!
Happy World Water Day!