The world water crisis

World Water Day takes place every year on March 22nd. How much do you know about the water you drink and use every day? Watch this video and learn about the world water crisis.


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Our bodies are as much as 60% water. All living things contain it and, like us, depend upon it for survival. Although 70% of the Earth is covered with water, a staggering number of the world’s poor lack even the most basic sanitation and access to clean water. 97% of the water on Earth is salt water. 2% is frozen in glaciers and ice caps. Only 1% is fresh water. That needs to be enough for everyone. All seven billion of us. One out of every eight people on Earth searches every day for clean water. One in six has no access to a toilet. None. Think about that. What would your life be like if that were you?

'Hmm, well, no bottled water, I guess. And no water running from the tap at home, so no shower. But seriously, no toilet? Not even this?'

Every day, women around the world walk mile after mile to collect water for bathing, cooking, cleaning and for their families to drink. They can only take back home as much as they can carry. Often that water is teeming with bacteria that will make them sick. But they have little choice. To go without even this polluted water would mean dehydration and possible death.

'You can only go three days without water.'

Countless hours spent searching or waiting in line. Lives and days wasted by illness. Time lost that could have been spent in school and work, planting, building, providing for their loved ones.

Every twenty seconds a child dies from a water-related illness like diarrhoea.

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Did you like the video? Did you learn anything new? What can people do to change this situation?

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Submitted by VN496672 on Wed, 06/07/2023 - 02:24

I think this text formats is very amazing!

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Submitted by Andrii on Tue, 10/13/2020 - 19:11

I thunk this is a good video and I like it. I didn't learn anything new, because I've already read a text about water crisis, but video helps to understand the theme better and it's more interesting to watch video, than read a text. To change this situation, people can save water wen they turn of the water while brushing their teeth and spend less time for taking shower.

Submitted by Maple135 on Fri, 05/22/2020 - 22:22

It was an interesting video. I learned new things. To change this situation international organizations and the countries can work together.

Submitted by jeremias_41 on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 15:05

i saw a movie in netflix, his name is The boy who harnessed the wind. In the movie , the boy maked a windmill that extracted the water from well. I think that plan is good. Becuause the womans don´t have go for water
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