Healthy Water

Enjoying Clean Water

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Healthy Water is essential for all life and is a basic need for humans and all living things. People all over the world need healthy water for cleaning, cooking, drinking, growing plants, manufacturing, and much more. Water is healthy when it’s accessible, safe, affordable, and free of contaminants.

Every community and economy needs clean water to exist. The low supply and poor water has been identified as one of the biggest threats facing the planet. And as populations expand and modernize, the demand for water to produce food, energy, and goods also expands. It is estimated that over 5 billion people will have little to no access to clean, healthy water by 2050.

Fortunately, there are many efforts underway throughout the world to improve the quality of water and implement sustainable systems to ensure that water is accessible to all.

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Here a just a few examples that can give us hope:

-  Since 2004, the non-profit P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program1 has been committed to providing clean drinking water to people all over the world.

-  California Farm Water Success Stories2 documents how farmers throughout California are implementing innovative farm management techniques to properly conserve, treat, and manage water.

-  Saudi Arabia3 is building solar-powered desalination plants to supply drinking water to its citizens.

-  The Global Water Challenge4 works with leading companies across the world to provide accessible, clean, healthy water.

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Healthy Oceans

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The world’s oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet’s surface, making it the largest ecosystem on earth. Oceans are essential to the planet's life support system, regulating the air we breathe, the climate we live in, the food we eat and so much more.

But studies have found that human activity has damaged every part of the oceans except, perhaps, in some remote Pacific areas and the poles. Threats to our oceans’ health include a combination of damaging fishing practices, shipping and pollution running off our land. Solid waste is also a significant problem, with currents carrying millions of tons of plastics and other debris from the shore into open waters that harms marine life and changes the way ecosystems need to function to be healthy.

We can learn and start making immediate changes to lessen our impact on oceanic environments. By increasing our awareness, we can shift our habits to make a healthy environment for ourselves as well as ecosystems throughout the world.

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-  Picture this: you’re out on the beach. It’s hot. The sun is beating down. You want to enjoy the day and go swimming. So, you lather yourself in sunscreen and dash off. But wait! Have you ever thought about the impact your sunscreen has? Hawaii knows. In July 2018, Hawaii was the first state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate5, both of which are harmful to aquatic life. Other states and countries around the world are jumping on, as well.

-  Founded in 2013, The Ocean Cleanup6 implements ingenious inventions and technology to clean the ocean of trash and plastics. In addition to cleaning oceans, the company also works to intercept debris in rivers. Additionally, The Ocean Cleanup sunglasses were created in October 2020 as a way to repurpose the plastic.

-  The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure in the world. It has, unfortunately, experienced traumatic damage due to climate change. The Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP)7 is bringing together leading experts in Australia to help the Great Barrier Reef resist, adapt, and recover from climate change.

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-  Share large or small efforts you know about how to interact safely and sustainably with the ocean and its creatures.

-  Add to our list of things we could be doing to help grow and maintain healthy oceans.

-  Share info about local nonprofit organizations focused on protecting oceans and rivers.

Calm Waters

Healthy Ecosystems to Sustain Life

What We Need for Survival

Sky

Healthy Air

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Healthy air means we can all live healthier lives. If polluted air is bad for people, it’s also bad for plants, animals, and other life. Air is polluted by the emissions released by cars and other modes of transportation, as well as emissions coming from sources such as factories, farming, and energy use.

Healthy air is unpolluted, and easy to breathe. Some of the healthiest places are either at a high elevation or has little to no motorized vehicles.

We all have the right to healthy air, and we should sculpt our societies to accommodate so that we can avoid long-term issues. Scholars, inventors, researchers, celebrities...people from all over the world are taking action to improve the quality of air globally.

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-  In 1970, The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Clean Air Act (CAA) to combat pollution. CAA regulates air emissions from stationary and mobile sources and allows the EPA to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Since its implementation, the CAA has lowered levels of common pollutants (particles, ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and others by 78 percent.

-  China is home to the world’s most polluted cities and is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Thus, the Innovative Financing for Air Pollution Control in Jing-Jin-Ji Program8 was launched. Since it began in 2016, the Program for Result (PforR) component of the program has invested $1.3 billion into renewable energy, has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 2.5 million tons per year, reduced dependency on coal, and continues to support green initiatives.

-  To combat the excessive levels of air pollution, the Indian government announced that only electric cars will be sold in India by 20309. If accomplished, Nagur will be the first Indian city to have an electric public transport system.

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