On both a global and local scale water is one of our most urgent issues. A startling 783 million people in the world do not have access to clean water, and 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of that. By 2025, it is estimated that 1800 million people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity.
Areas are classified as being ‘in drought’ such as California, urging us to re-consider how water has been managed, governed, and often times profited from. How is this vital natural resource allocated within the local and global communities and how can we as a global population begin to implement sustainable practices – where water is used and shared within its means?
Water, as our most basic need, connects all aspects of life and the needs of our humanity. What we eat, what we wear, how we travel are all choices and actions that both impact and are impacted by the issue of water.
On the local scale, LA currently imports 89% of its water. That means only 11% comes from local supplies. Los Angeles and many other urban centers, across the United States and globally, are growing beyond their water means. Looking earnestly at how we will meet the growing water demands of the coming decades, in respect of climate change and ever lower fresh water resources has never been more timely and poignant.
Every one of us is involved in this and every one of us can affect positive change.