Earth Day is right around the corner. People around the globe are coming together to bring about environmental awareness, advocacy, and sustainable change. It’s the season of movement and motivation. But, what many people don’t know is the impact water has on our beloved planet. As humans, we will feel the biggest impact of climate change through changes in water patterns. These water patterns include shrinking glaciers, increased droughts and floods, and changes in precipitation. It’s easy to get lost in convenience and consumption and forget that Earth doesn’t have an everlasting abundance of water. Because most of Earth’s water is stored in oceans or polar ice caps, less than 1% is available for human use. That means we have to be responsible and resourceful in order to hold onto that 1% like it’s all we have---because it is.
It can be daunting to imagine sharing 1% of Earth’s water with the entire world. Especially when you realize 2 billion people still lack access to clean water, and 500,000 people die each year due to contaminated water. By being conscientious of your water intake, you can not only conserve water for Earth’s ecosystems, but you can help efforts to provide clean drinking water to those who don’t have that luxury. So, here is a list of four small steps you can take ahead of Earth Day to help save water and make a big difference.