PondyPHOTO Reminder: WORLD WATER DAY

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Today is World Water Day!

It is a reminder to all of us to think about this resource which is now the NUMBER ONE GLOBAL RISK based on impact to society as announced by the World Economic Forum, January 2015.

The FACTS:

  • In India, CONTAMINATION of surface water is increasing as the country develops faster than infrastructure and “codes” can be installed and improved, implemented and enforced.
  • CLIMATE CHANGE is dramatically affecting water tables – negatively affecting more than 60% of India’s rain-fed agriculture.
  • India’s water SUPPLY is strained as growing populations increases demands on limited resources: only an estimated 25% of the population have direct access to drinking water in their homes
  • Less than 50% of the Indian population has access to improved sanitation.

Join PondyPHOTO in taking a careful look at water this summer but until then…think about fixing that leaky tap!

 

PondyPHOTO 2016 celebrates World Wildlife Day

Hampi, Tungabhadra River
Hampi, Tungabhadra River, Nicolas Chorier

Today is World Wildlife Day.  The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), was signed on this day in 2014 to celebrate and build awareness of the world’s animals and plants. This year’s theme is “the future of wildlife is in our hands” with a special focus on Asian and African elephants.

The world’s wildlife, whether charismatic or lesser known, is facing many challenges. The biggest threats to wildlife are habitat loss as well as overgrazing, farming and development. Rapid development can cause loss of access to drinking water as well as significant pollution of fresh water.  Did you know that only 0.003% of the world’s water is unpolluted fresh water and that it must be shared by humans, animals and plants?

The future is in our hands!