During our trip to the Laata village during our Nanda Devi trail , we happened to have a closer look at the lifestyle of the people too. As we trekked up to the summer village of Laata we encountered women who were trekking down with a huge load on their back. We learnt that these women trek about 14 kilometers in all to wash their clothes in the river down the valley . The mountain stream up in the village is just enough for cooking and other basic uses.
When people struggle so much to get water should we not be more careful in spending water?
Have a look at some links which I have compiled which gives a fairly good idea of how every drop counts.
22 lakh people in Bangalore are currently suffering from water scarcity. If we collected all of the water that is being wasted down stormwater drains, and if we treated our sewage water, we could serve the water needs of 53% of Bangalore’s population. Ref – Indianwater portal
Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) got kids excited about water – its importance to life, designing a simple water harvesting solution, recycling water from our washing and flushes for reuse, conserving lakes and a whole lot of life lessons around the life-giving resource!
The global warming is expected to pose serious challenges to fresh water resource.The paper examines the escalating threats of climate change on eastern and north eastern, river basins of India. Ref –Water resources in India under changed climate scenario- A paper in International Journal of Engineering Research and ApplicationsThe ecosystems play an essential role in enhancing food security.
The ecosystems play an essential role in enhancing food security. Ecosystems supply the fundamental foundation of life support, by providing ecosystem services that enable us to produce or utilize food and water. They also provide clean air and climate regulation, shelter and medicines, cultural and aesthetic well being, and can have a vital role in disaster risk reduction. These ecosystem services are however under increasing pressure and threat of further degradation. Ref : WOTR’s Position Paper on “Biodiversity and adaptation to climate change” released on October 16, 2012 at the COP-11 in Hyderabad
Climate change will make monsoons unpredictable. As a result, rain-fed wheat cultivation in South Asia as well as in India will suffer in a big way. Total cereal production will go down. The crop yield per hectare will be hit badly, causing food insecurity and loss of livelihood. The rising levels of the sea in the coastal areas will damage nursery areas for fisheries, causing coastal erosion and flooding. Agricultural land will shrink and the available land may not remain suitable for the present crops for too long. Farmers have to explore options of changing crops suitable to weather. Impact of climate change on food security in India – A paper published in the journal Advances in Asian Social Science
Click on the link to know how to save water All that Bangalore can do to save some water this year