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Water Scarcity Issues © The GlobalEd 2 Project Photo credit: Lynn Johnson, National Geographic Women in search for water in Ethiopia
Essential Question: 1.What is water scarcity? 2.How does water scarcity impact the lives of living things? © The GlobalEd 2 Project
Essential Understanding: 1.Water scarcity is either a shortage of water or the lack of access to safe water. 2.Water scarcity has detrimental effects on living things. © The GlobalEd 2 Project
Key Facts: For many people in the developing world, water is a luxury! For more than 1 billion people, safe water is scarce! As the demands for water increases, the problem of water scarcity will continue to grow! © The GlobalEd 2 Project
Effects of Water Scarcity: At any given time, 50% of the world's hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases, caused by drinking or bathing in dirty water. In developing countries, such as Brazil, Kenya, India and Haiti,~80% of illnesses are linked to dirty water. © The GlobalEd 2 Project
Effects of Water Scarcity: (continued) Worldwide, for children under 5 years old,1 out of every 4 deaths is due to a water-related disease. Source: © The GlobalEd 2 Project
The Effect of Water Scarcity on Children Over 1 billion young girls spend their day fetching and carrying water, rather than attending school Girls carry water in jugs weighing 20kg (~40lbs) on their heads for long periods of time, often developing spinal deformities © The GlobalEd 2 Project
The Effect of Water Scarcity on Children (continued) Children contact life-threatening diseases such as cholera and diarrhea, by using parasitic-infested water In developing countries, diarrhea is the major cause of infant deaths © The GlobalEd 2 Project
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