The importance of water

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It is estimated that by the time we reach year 2020, a surprisingly 30%-40% of the world’s population will experience water scarcity, which translates to roughly 2.6 billion people worldwide with access to only a limited amount of clean water. So how is it that a basic necessity such as freshwater, which in fact Is an infinite resource, will be unavailable to such a huge number of people? The problem lays in how water is properly distributed and managed. Some areas has too much of it, while other too little. Some people wouldn’t notice that there was anything wrong with the partition of water, and wouldn’t give it a second thought until it started affecting them too. An example of this could be like in the excerpt from the book «thirst», where the people that are undergoing a period of extreme lack of water finally realizes how much they’ve taken such a basic thing for granted.
Some people are more affected than others.
When we are discussing the topic of restricted access to water in developing countries, we tend to forget that the actual task of hauling the water usually rests on young girls and women. According to a study by Huffington Posts, the average woman in the developing Asian and African countries spend several hours a day collecting water. This harshly decreases their ability to support their families, work and earn proper pay, and study for an education.
Men and women also have different needs when it comes to sanitary use and hygiene. One of the most prominent examples of this is the lack of toilets in public schools all over the affected one’s countries. When young girls reach puberty, many of them will skip school since they aren’t able to tend to some of the tasks that comes with having a period. This leads to a huge number of girls dropping out before even finishing elementary school, which also results in a steady increase in illiterate women.
Fortunately, many organizations are putting this specific issue on the table, and are working towards a common goal that will help free the women that are having to complete the time consuming task that is collecting water. By building and repairing wells throughout Africa and Asia, and bringing necessary water sources closer to the communities, what they’re essentially doing is creating a better future for the women and girls who no longer have to spend every day carrying liters upon liters of this deficient supply.

Life Above and Below the Surface

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Climate change

noun

  1. a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

 

The earth as we know it today, has been a subject to various degrees of climate change throughout all of the 4.5 billion years of it’s existence. Earth’s temperature depends on the balance between energy entering and leaving the planet’s system, and without interference, earth does this mostly in a consistent and controlled way. But in the recent years, us humans have inhibited the natural processes to take place, causing an extreme rise in the global land and ocean surface temperatures by 16,7 degrees Celsius since the early 1880’s.

The climate change and Life below sea. These are in many ways two very similar topics that has continuously grabbed my interest over the last few years. The image of a starving polar bear, or a greyscale coral reef that once shined in multiple colors, is something that by now should be engraved in a lot of people’s minds, because it is in fact so very real. Measures to prevent some of these harmful changes have been taken, but there’s still a long list of additional actions we can take to lend a helping hand

One of them being spreading awareness, and that’s where an online journal like this becomes extremely beneficial.