Over 70% of the earth is made up of water and so is 65% of the human body. Water is essentially a symbol of life itself. Our earth that was once an abundant source of water, faces the worst droughts in history now. The recent Syrian crisis was an example of the effects of acute water shortage. Our scientists think that we may have to move to Mars for survival!
The question is, what are the underlying reasons to this disaster?
Evolution has intensified the level of pollution on earth. With the increase in the number of cars, air-conditioners, production industries we have tremendously increased our carbon footprint as well. Over the years pollution has led to climatic changes around the globe. The rainfall has become erratic and uneven. Also, to add to the misery we tend to use water carelessly, without thinking about it’s after effects.
So, now that we know the problems, here are a few ways we can help save water:
Start with yourself, it is important to understand that simple steps go a long way in conserving water. Little things like; turning the tap off while you brush, taking a quick shower instead of using a bathtub, reusing water when you can etc. will help in water conservation.
Taking measures at the community level will definitely make a greater impact. The local community can get together and plan for ways to help conserve water.
Rain water harvesting is an amazing way to conserve water in regions where it rains for a few months a year. Water can be trapped and used during the remaining months when it does not rain.
Using water meters to identify where the water is spent the most, to detect leakages and determine if usage can be reduced so as to help save water.
Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs and plants in community gardens and public spaces that will use less water but still stimulate the eco-system.
Reducing pollution We need to cautiously reduce our carbon-footprint, if we wish to see a positive change in the environmental conditions. This way might seem irrelevant and far-fetched but it’s the most effective.
All this being said what can we do for those who have been terribly struck by this disaster ?
There are thousands if not millions who are victims of droughts and acute water shortage.
Simply put we cannot physically help them, but the least we can do, is supporting them financially and socially. Many government and Non-Profit institutions provide relief to such drought stricken areas, and they are in constant need of funding for conservation projects.
We as individuals can contribute to these water conservation funds through donations. “Crowdfunding” platforms have made it simpler for donors to help these victims. The NGOs can campaign for funding for conservation projects and the donors can donate and support these campaigns through donations.
The main aim of these Crowdfunding platforms is to make charity and philanthropy simple and accessible by everyone. Impact Guru ran one such campaign to support drought ridden villages in the state of Maharashtra.You can help such drought affected victims by contributing to their cause, impactguru.com/droughthelp .
We know it seems a little ironical to talk about ‘Water Conservation’ now that it’s raining. Even so, it’s essential we understand that it’s high time we as a society learn the importance of conserving water. We need to preserve and conserve water that is the most invaluable gift of nature. Last but not the least, we should get our act straight before it’s too late, and like the scientists say, we finally have to move to Mars!