The Conservation of the World Hydrosphere
The world surface contains one interconnected environment or the hydrosphere which represents the world ocean. To accept the concept of one ocean and one water is to embrace the belief that we live on the same earth and drink from the same water from Africa to Australia our water is a globally connected hydrosphere. The hydrosphere connects countries which lends itself to the belief that we all live down stream from each other. The garbage that you dispose of in a lake goes into my drinking water even on a microscopic level.
The ten million tons of plastic that ends up in the world ocean originates from land and 60 million tons of oil spills from tankers brings oil to consumers. The world ocean comprises 80 percent of the world’s surface and has been man’s dumping ground for thousands of years. The cumulative effect of pollution of our lakes, streams and rivers from industrialized farming methods leads to the environmental damage of our drinking water resource. The lakes that were once a habitat for wildlife and fish for human food was in abundance are now not fit for human consumption.
Global warming is also making our oceans saltier and more difficult to desalinate, therefore reducing own impact on global warming is an compulsory aspiration. An individual’s conservation efforts have great impact on our world wide drinking water resources. The lack of safe drinking water multiplies disease, hunger, sickness and sanitation problems which ultimately creates world poverty.
One individual’s choices on a minute level can either impact positively, or negatively exponentially to the greater good of the hydrosphere. On a government level municipalities must make each drop of water of value, and re-engineer our water systems to develop purer conservation systems. Our waste is of our own making, and is dependant on the lifestyle we chose which can be either one of conservation or of uninhibited consumption.
By embracing a locavore economy one person can chose to purchase locally grown food which saves water and reduces global warming on many levels. Gardening without chemicals and pesticides is another choice to preserve and protect the environment of clean drinking water. Local water purification systems in a home can conserve drinking water rather than purchasing bottled water. The use of home ozone products as a method of purification, can actually enhance human health and remove harmful chemicals in drinking water.
While enjoying outdoor activities we can stop pollution of our waterways during boating, swimming and recreational activities by simply picking up garbage on a beach. Conserving water and usage in the home by purchasing low level water devices such as toilets with smaller tanks is another method of reduced sewage water.
The world population presently stands at 6.76 billion people and will balloon to 9.2 billion by 2042 putting even more requirements for the conservation of drinking water. But when you examine estimates that 110 billion people have been alive on this earth since the dawn of mankind this makes long term drinking water even more compulsory.
By volunteering in a community or joining a drinking water protection agency and informing others of the importance of maintaining your local watershed will help protect your water. Our drinking water resource is shared with the world and one person’s resolution can help to sustain a cleaner environment that improves our drinking water supply for all in the world’s hydrosphere.