It was once said that if there is magic on our planet, it is contained in water.
Today, one out of six people (that’s more than a billion people), do not have adequate access to safe water. By 2050, The UN estimates that as many as three out of four people worldwide could be affected by water scarcity.
The water crisis is particularly prevalent in Asia. Asia is currently home to more than half of the world's population, and the population in Asia is expected to increase by nearly 500 million people within the next 10 years. And yet, Asia has less freshwater than any continent besides Antarctica. As population increases and urbanization explodes, stress on the region’s water resources is at a breaking point. And climate change is expected to significantly worsen the situation.
While the situation is bleak, now is the time to unite and to rise.
Solutions are definitely possible, but make no mistake about it, it will be a proper challenge. Solutions will require commitment and contribution from all pillars of society: people, businesses and government.
To talk more about how we can sustainably and responsibly restore our world, I speak with Amrit Nayak, co-founder and CEO of Indra Water, for his insights.