World Water Day
This World Water Day (March 22) TEAR Fund is highlighting ways you can reduce some of the pressures on the world’s scarce water supplies. For instance, you will be surprised how much water is used to produce the food we eat.
There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics show that each of us drinks about 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we consume is in the food we eat: producing 1kg of beef, for example, consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1kg of wheat uses up 1,500 litres.
When a billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure, we cannot ignore the problem because it doesn’t affect us.
Helping to ensure access to nutritious food and water is available to everyone, calls for a series of actions we can all play a part in.
Actions you can take
- Give to one of TEAR Fund’s water projects such as Gift for Life, Safe Sip
- Eat healthy food
- Consume less water-intensive products (introduce ‘Meatless Monday’ at your place)
- Reduce food waste: 30% of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is lost
- Grow your own food. You can control the quality and use less water.