World Water Day - Miniature Sheet
World Water Day - Miniature Sheet for only GBP £1.94
Water is the central thread of the tapestry of life. It an excellent coolant, solvent, diluent, lubricant, nutrient and transport medium. Without water there is no industry, transport, energy or tourism – or food or drink for the population. The natural beauty of bodies of water improves our quality of life. Yet in the last century we have seen frequent cases of too little water, too much water or increasingly polluted water. The supply of fresh water is not unlimited and if our consumption is excessive, recharge cannot keep pace with use. Only one in seven people on the planet enjoys a relative abundance of water. Fortunately in Slovenia we are still among them. Yet climate change means that water shortages will continue to increase, particularly in the Mediterranean basin. It is already time to start thinking about where to build new reservoirs. We also have to maintain the quality of groundwater and make use of opportunities to reuse waste water. It is not just the quantity of water that is important: quality matters too. Agriculture, industry, waste, discharges from treatment plants and traffic all have an impact in the form of water pollution. Nutrients, pesticides, microorganisms, industrial chemicals, metals and pharmaceutical products all end up in our water. Sometimes there is too much water, resulting in oods. These are a natural phenomenon and the most frequent natural disaster. Human activities contribute to them. Construction and development affect drainage and reduce the land’s capacity to retain water. Climate change increases the intensity of rainfall and makes ooding more likely. Problems with too little or too much water and water pollution clearly point to the need for sustainable water management. We need to prevent the excessive exploitation of water sources and maintain healthy water ecosystems. This requires a systematic approach, the sensible management of water sources and a reduction of the pressures caused by agriculture and other sectors such as energy and transport.