Happy World Water Day 2012 [infographics]

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!


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