North Central College is participating in the Illinois World Water Day of Service. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in Kaufman Dining Hall, Sustainability Coordinator Brittany Graham and School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) will offer tips on water conservation. Prizes will be raffled.
World Water Day focuses attention on the importance of water and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, the United Nations highlights a different aspect of freshwater, and this year’s theme is water and food security.
Currently, there are 7 billion people to feed on the planet and population is expected to grow by 2 billion by 2050. The average American uses 1,800 gallons a day, with 70 percent of that used to support diets. For example, producing 2 pounds of beef consumes 3,963 gallons of water while 2 pounds of wheat uses 396 gallons. Due to climate change, increased food costs, and growing competition over access to fresh water, issues related to water and food security are more pressing than ever.
At all steps of the supply chain, from producers to consumers, actions can be taken to save water and ensure food for all. Do you know how much water you actually consume every day? How can you change your diet and reduce your water footprint?
For more information on World Water Day and to learn more about the issues visit unwater.org/worldwaterday/
To calculate your Water Footprint visit environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/change-the-course/water-footprint-calculator/
You may be surprised at how much water it takes to bring that hamburger to your plate or to make your favorite T-shirt. To see how much water is used for certain products and food visit environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/embedded-water/.