Mission Water


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It seems natural that nobody needs to be convinced about the importance of water in our lives - without regular water consumption we can survive only a few days. It is also the most important component of human body weight. Aquatic environment provides us with food - according to the United Nations, over 200 million people were employed in the fisheries sector in 2017, and for the 3 billion of us, the seas and oceans are sources of protein.

One could expect that being aware of such statistics will make care for the aquatic environment our priority – unfortunately so far it has not. As much as 80% of the water used by mankind is returned to the environment without purifying. Garbage patches are located near distant islands in the Pacific and the Arctic. Excessive use of fertilizers contributes to algal blooms, which are a threat to biodiversity, as well as human health and life.

These are not the only problems generated by the current model of economic development. The mercury levels in the seas and oceans remain a challenge, and according to the UNEP report "Towards a Pollution-Free Planet" they are about to double by 2050. The harmful substances make it to fish organisms which are later consumed by people. Except for the health costs, there are also growing economic ones – plastic already circulating in water contributes to the losses of the fishing sector estimated at 1% of its revenues.

These are not the problems that do not concern Europe and Poland. The European Environment Agency (EEA) reported in 2015 that between 10 and 20% of surface water measurement stations in Europe recorded exceeded admissible levels of nitrates (50 mg / l). 56% of waste on the Baltic shores are plastics.

To make matters worse, current situation in Poland in terms of water supply is comparable to Egypt. Each Polish inhabitant has about a third of the European average water resources at his/her disposal. We are placed 25th in the ranking of Europe's water resources. At the same time, according to the Central Statistical Office, as much as 11.4% of us had problems with access to tap water and/or toilet in 2015.

Care for water and the preservation of the marine biodiversity has to become our priority. Business representatives need to prove that they feel responsible for the environment and the quality of our lives – in the end, the costs of negligence will also affect companies. They have a chance to avoid this scenario. Providing proper solutions would require among others: implementation of innovative products and solutions, minimizing resource consumption and re-using plastics that have already hit the rivers, seas and oceans.

Public institutions, apart from regulatory activities, are also capable of raising the awareness of the water pollution issue in cooperation with NGOs and the scientific community. Promoting responsible patterns of consumption can minimize negative impact of littering marine habitats on our health and the environment. The investments made by public institutions cannot contribute to the problem.


Expert's support in the WATER mission:

Elżbieta Wołoszyńska-Wiśniewska


Selected, environmental areas of the SDGs are our focus in the MISSIONS of the Partnership "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT". Those areas are devoted to the issues relevant from the perspective of the environment and life on earth, both locally and globally. Members of the "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT" Partnership, implementing environmental MISSIONS by cooperation within initiatives and projects of the "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT". These activities support the fulfillment of tasks, which correspond with the environmental aspects of SDGs'.



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