All around the world, people are struggling to get access to clean water for drinking and growing crops. As the climate changes, many farmlands are drying and people are finding it harder and harder to keep their crops watered and still have enough to drink.
Here at Oceana, our focus is usually on salt water, but that doesn’t mean we’re not concerned about fresh water and all the people who rely on it.
It’s all interconnected: Freshwater rivers flow into the ocean, and the oceans provide water-conserving meals. Wild seafood requires no fresh water to grow or feed, which means more water is available for human consumption. But we can only rely on the ocean for food as long as fish are available. Overfishing, pollution, and climate change mean less fish in the ocean, which in turn means less water for drinking.
Water is essential to human life, whether it is in a well or in the ocean. Today we want to remind everyone that you don’t have to choose between saving the oceans and saving suffering humans… They are one and the same.
Do your part for World Water Day. Live your life with the health of the oceans and the planet in mind. You can start by checking out the 10 Things You Can Do to Save the Oceans.
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