Thursday, 14 October 2010

Blog Action Day 2010 ~ Water, adding up the facts & figures

Almost 1 billion people (1 in 8 of us) don't have access to clean, safe drinking water
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3.6 million people die each year because they don't have clean water to drink
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Nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions
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African women spend 40 billion hours each year walking to gather water

= water POVERTY


Every day 2 million tonnes of human waste is disposed of into water courses
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70% of industrial waste in developing countries is dumped untreated into the water supply
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1 quart of motor oil can pollute up to 2 million gallons of water
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50% of the world's wetlands have been lost in the last 100 years
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Each year, 3 times as much rubbish is dumped into the oceans as the weight of fish caught

= water POLLUTION


73% of water used in homes is either flushed down the toilet or washed down the shower drain
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400 gallons of water are needed to grow the cotton for 1 t-shirt
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24,000 litres of water is needed to produce one hamburger
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17 million barrels of oil are needed to produce all the plastic water bottles used in the US each year, 86% of them are never recycled.

= water WASTE


If you don't like the way water is adding up you can do something about it.
See the links below for charities helping to provide clean water, ways to reduce water consumption at home and how to recycle water bottles and plastics.


Water charities
WaterAid UK

Ways to help reduce your water footprint in the UK
Environment Agency
waste online - plastics
Virtual Water

All facts and figures kindly provided by Blog Action Day at change.org

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