When water has a problem, the world has a problem.
Get a glimpse of what’s in store.
Too little water
Water scarcity not only restricts access to safe drinking water but also hampers hygiene practices, particularly impacting women and children who bear the burden of water collection. Insufficient water availability increases costs and jeopardizes food production, leading to crop failure, reduced output, and higher prices. This threatens the diversity and nutrition of our food. Explore our partner organizations to take action beyond drinking water concerns.
Too much water
Since 2000, flood-related disasters have surged by 134%, inflicting severe social and economic consequences. Floods result in immediate loss of life, property, crops, and livestock. They also lead to health problems like waterborne diseases and malnutrition. Recovery from floods takes months or even years. Additionally, floods harm food production by reducing crop yield, causing soil erosion, and damaging farming infrastructure. They spread pollutants and pose risks to affected communities. Explore our partner organizations for ways to take action.
Too dirty water
Fresh water is vital for our survival, but only 2.5% of Earth's water is freshwater, much of which is frozen or underground. Unfortunately, more and more freshwater is becoming contaminated with pollutants, such as chemicals, waste, and plastic, which affects everyone who comes into contact with it, especially vulnerable populations. Polluted water can harm crops, aquatic animals, and humans, causing various health issues.
5 Billion People
More than half of humanity will struggle to get enough water for their needs, at least one month a year, by 2050.
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Who is affected, and what can you do?
What can you do?
Water – whether too much, too little, or too dirty – connects the great challenges of our time. No less than 90% of all climate disasters manifest themselves through water: via flooding, drought or pollution. Floods are devastating island nations and coastal cities, while droughts are drying up the Western US and Sub-Saharan Africa. Developing nations, and parts of the world where goods are manufactured, are affected by pollution and its effects. All over the world, people are starting to feel the emerging water crisis and if we don't act now, it'll only get worse. While some of you might not notice these issues in your day-to-day life, it might only be a matter of time.
Luckily, there are many things that you can do. Like and follow The Drop Store on social media to spread our message. Download the social media kit to share this story on your own channels. Get involved in local organizations that fight against the emerging water crisis in your area. Regardless if there is too much, too little, or too dirty water - we need you. We radically need to change the way we think about how we use, manage, and value water. And it means rapidly figuring out how to repair and replenish the water cycle even as we prosper. The good news is that we do have what it takes to put water back on a sustainable track. We have the scientific knowledge. We have most of the technologies and capabilities. So check out our partner organzations and find out more.
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Water problems worldwide affect women and girls in marginalized communities in Africa and Asia particularly hard. These same women are also key to the solution. Simavi strives to get the funding for local solutions in the hands of these women.
Water Footprint Implementation is a young organization specialized in Water Footprint Assessments and implementation of methods for Water Footprint reduction. WFI aims to have an impact on water resource consumption by helping the private sector, governments, and consumers to put the academic, data-based Water Footprint concept into practice.
WWF is striving to transform the way that the world's rivers, lakes and wetlands are valued and managed - not just as water sources but for all the diverse benefits they provide to people and nature. In more than 50 countries, we collaborate with partners to protect and restore wetlands, save iconic species like sturgeon and river dolphins, keep rivers free flowing and build resilience to climate change.
IRC is an international think tank actively building strong water, sanitation and hygiene systems – from the bottom up and the top down. We exist to support countries to build strong local and national services, underpinned by resilient systems, that transform lives and build equity, justice and opportunity for all.
Join a local initiative
Join the global community of water campaigners and invite everyone to join our free, virtual activations as we work together to change the world.
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Become an advocate, join Generation Unlimited to learn more about skills and how to get connected.
Be a game changer, join the movement of talent for water and energy.
Get involved: the Global Youth Movement for Water created this website for youth to address the water challenges.
Be the change: what can you do for water?
Learn about the commitments and actions made for your country in the Water Action Agenda that was initiated for the UN 2023 Water Conference