Our Earth Day present to you? This awesome guest post from our American Projects Fellow (and total water nerd) Matthew Jacinto.
Today the United States celebrates “Earth Day” to support environmental protection and to praise recent efforts made for environmental preservation.
Water and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand, so I thought I’d use this post to (a) celebrate some of the amazing progress we’ve made in providing clean water to Earthlings and (b) to highlight some of the most pressing work left to do!
First, the good news:
1. Over the past 30 years, the amount of water Americans use at home has remained constant, despite a steady population increase. Even with increased demand for food (agriculture, livestock, irrigation, etc.) Americans have been able to develop new habits and new tech to use water more intelligently!
2. In 2012 we met the Millennium Development Goal for water, reducing by half the amount of people worldwide without access to a safe, reliable source of clean water! Between 1990 and 2010, over two billion people achieved access for the first time!
3. Finally, technology is democratizing the hard work of water testing and purification. Two of my favorite new technologies are the Aquagenx Compartment Bag (a portable water quality testing kit that doesn’t require an expensive equipment or degree) and The Lily Pad solar water purification bag.
But even with these futuristic inventions, there is still work to be done.
Over two billion people worldwide are fighting for basic access to water and sanitation, some of them right here at home. Earth Day seems like the perfect time to focus on three challenges right here in the South West.