The climate crisis is primarily a water crisis – The UN
The Global Water Crisis
While we normally associate water stress to just lack of water or droughts, the reality is quite different. Floods are a big part of the crisis. In fact, floods and droughts are two sides of the same water-stress coin – with one following the other with disturbing regularity.
Therefore, the global water crisis is in reality a drought and flood crisis. Of all the global natural disasters in the last two decades, 74% have been flood and drought related. Studies show that 20% of global basins have recently experienced either floods or droughts.
In fact, 50% of the global population are estimated to be living in water stressed regions by 2030 – making this not only a crisis of magnitude, but one that requires urgent solutions as well.
The water crisis is especially hard on rural communities.
Studies have shows that there is a 10% increase in rural poverty if groundwater is not accessible within 25 feet. This economic headwind also increases forced migration by 10%.
Women and girls are disproportionately impacted – they are burdened with carrying water and spend 200 million hours every day collecting water. Not to mention the health impact on children – a 20% increase in stunting due to lack of groundwater.
With 50% of humanity under risk of water stress by 2030, we are running out of time to solve this crisis. And we believe that groundwater is the ONLY way to solve this, since underground aquifers have 100x the storage capacity of surface freshwater storage such a lakes, rivers, reservoirs.
This makes groundwater the most logical place to store water for our use.
- We can store more water by soaking up excess rain – and thus prevent floods and act as a buffer for the inevitable lean times
- We can save more water throughout the year – because groundwater is less susceptible to evaporation compared to surface water storage.
- Better availability of water – surface water is on average about 3 KM away in rural communities, while groundwater is true equity of access for everyone
- Better livelihoods – consistent availability of water through underground aquifers will reduce poverty and forced migration, while improving health, farmer income, education, animal husbandry and vegetation
However, the world is rapidly depleting these underground aquifers – and our vision with the JalTara approach is to reverse this with massive, global-scale groundwater recharge within a decade