To produce a ¼ pound burger requires immense natural resources. Water is needed to grow the alfalfa and grains fed to the cows. Water is needed to hydrate the bovine himself (and they drink 20-30 gallons a day). Plant-based foods generally require less water and are less resource intensive. Eat vegan!
Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
Collaboration @osgemeos @jr in São Paulo, Brazil | the scarcity of water is the reflex of what man and the bad administration of our politics are doing for years! It is the answer from nature to the neglect and disrespect from the deforestation and the pollution of our rivers, lakes and seas. We are all paying the price of filthy politics.
Welcome to Earth Week on TED-Ed Tumblr! All week, we’ve been sharing ways for you to be a more considerate resident of Planet Earth (that you can apply…all year!). We’re excited to share today’s post which is a collaboration with Tumblr’s Creatrs Network, that hopefully will get you riled up about water conservation.
Can you imagine your life without water? Probably not, yet water scarcity affects every continent and around 2.8 billion people around the world. More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water, and not just in the developing world, as the water crisis in Flint so recently brought to light.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has clogged our newsfeeds for weeks and inspired some vehement debate about its effectiveness and ethicality in the process. Does this awareness campaign really achieve anything? With a massive drought in California, why are Californians dumping water on their heads? And, more globally, how are Westerners so OK with wasting this much water when many people around the world don’t have access to a clean bucketful of water to begin with? Matt Damon tackled this last question head-on with his Ice Bucket Challenge video, using toilet water to raise an incredibly important issue: water scarcity.
Water scarcity will worsen in such as areas as the Middle East and Africa and will proliferate in areas where such problems don’t currently exist. India and China, for example, could see their GDPs drop by as much as 6 percent.