Too dirty water

Picture by Souleymane Tangara

We can’t live without fresh water. Of all the water on Earth, only 2.5% is fresh water, most of which is trapped in ice or deep underground. But more and more of it is becoming contaminated with chemicals, waste, and plastic. Polluted water affects everyone who comes into contact with, but it disproportionately affects vulnerable populations such as children, pregnant women, and the elderly.

Pollutants in our water can negatively affect crops by stunting their growth or making them unsafe to eat. Aquatic animals are especially affected, as the imbalance in their ecosystem disrupts their food chain and may cause many species to die out completely. Similarly, human exposure to polluted water can cause many different health problems, including gastrointestinal, respiratory, and skin-related issues. To find out more and see how you can get involved, check out our partner organizations.

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