Water, water everywhere, not a single drop to drink
In line with the Geography chapter, ‘Population growth and its impacts’, International Students of 5ème, were brought to ponder on the issue of water and how to save such a precious resource.
Mauritius is going through a drought period and it is now even illegal to waste water, wash cars and even to water plants. Our planet consists of 70% water only a small percentage of that is fresh water. The rest is salt water which cannot be used. The 2.5% of fresh water exists mostly as ice or permanent snow cover.
We have only 1/3 of that percentage available for use. According to some predictions, by the year 2025 around 1.8 billion people will have no access to drinking water. Everything we do requires water, for drinking, washing, growing food, and for industry, construction and manufacturing. With more than 7.5 billion people on the planet, and the population projected to top 10 billion by 2050, the situation is set to grow more urgent. Depletion of water means scarcity of water which means that water sources are running dry. Water scarcity is the lack of sufficient available freshwater resources to meet water demand. It affects every continent and even Mauritius is not spared.
Students were brought to elaborate posters in order to sensitize and educate the population on why it is important to save water.
‘Depletion of water means scarcity of water which means that there there that water sources are running dry. Water scarcity is the lack of sufficient available freshwater resources to meet water demand. It affects every continent. About 1.1 billion people are facing water shortage in the world. Water scarcity is a real problem which is currently affecting 7% of the world’s population.’