Water and Biodiversity are the basis of all life. We need water for almost everything that we do. There is only a finite amount of water on earth, freshwater being a measly 3% of it. You already know all this. You also probably know that the world over, everyone is facing water problems in one form or the other. The ravaging floods in Uttarakhand have been of unprecedented proportions, but even otherwise, floods are a periodic phenomenon in many parts of the country while many other parts are drought ridden. In some places, the problem may be of contaminated water sources. Somewhere else, it might be of unaffordable water prices. In some places, there is simply no water and people walk kilometers to get water. Elsewhere, it´s a poor and inequitable distribution. Our lakes and rivers are polluted and drying up, open wells are fast disappearing, ground water is getting depleted all across the country.
Of course, there is no quick fix to this situation and it´s often not clear where to begin. One thing we could do in such a situation is to begin with learning about important aspects of water around us. earthian activities are designed to help us understand water in our locality – our schools to begin with – and connect it with other aspects of ecology and society as well as the global context.