Project: Water

@P:HC: we think that when we're protecting our bodies of water and the life in it, we protect our future.

Oceans, lakes, rivers and any other body of water are important to the health of the planet. At P:HC, we look at the high impact challenges facing our water: pollution, fish stock collapse and ecosystem degradation. Focusing on point source contamination, sustainable aquatic farming practice and innovate remediation, we hope to accelerate the rate we heal our water sources.

When we look at water, we face many different and complicated issues. Water doesn’t follow borders it just flows, so it requires cooperation to properly address the needs of everyone. We need to make water accessible to everyone but who should pay for water, should water have a cost?

Water

Some Ideas We're Thinking About:

Water Should Be a Human Right

Sure that seems like a given but what does that look like? We think that water conservation should be met with regulation that monitors levels and  contaminants, which keeps it cheap for people and relatively low in cost for large users like a corporation to ensure better water equity worldwide.

Rising sea-levels can be an opportunity for change

Terra-forming offers us a chance to perfect something only witnessed in nature, creating biodiverse rivers and estuaries near and around coastal areas that create inland nurseries, revitalise landscapes and provide new ecological employment as well as learning opportunities.

Contaminants come from somewhere,

let's find out where and stop them.

Filtering water is one thing, keeping it clean is another. By focusing on where our water is polluted and treating/ stopping contaminates, we clean our most precious resource and keep it safe.

Water brings life,

lets bring our planet's oceans back to life.

We think that ocean stewardship should be an international cooperative, not a meaningless treaty. By creating and maintaining real fishing monitoring and policing partnerships: we can save the ocean from over-fishing and fish stock collapse.

Project: Water = Rights + Monitoring + Responsibility

Why is this important?

Scroll down to learn the Quick Facts!

  • Only 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater
  • 2% is in lakes and rivers (surface water)
  • 780 million people don’t have access to clean water – this is an issue of location and distribution which hampers the human right to water
  • Almost 2.5 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation – infrastructure + intake and outtake treatment makes our water safer, increases lifespan and infant mortality rates
  • A two-degree increase in global temperature will cost 70 to 100 billion dollars a year between 2020 and 2050 – we can slow climate change but the effects are compounding and impending
  • 46% of terrestrial surface is covered by trans-boundary river basins – water is an international issue and has to be democratically used to a social understanding that access is a right
  • 90% of waste water flows untreated in developing countries – we have the technology to solve this, let’s work together so this isn’t a problem anymore, anywhere
  • 80% of used water worldwide is not treated – water contamination has to be a two end effort for public safety
  • 53% of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited and 32% are transitioning from a state of over-exploited, depleted, or recovering – collaboration and protective management can turn fish into a sustainable asset

Information Sources:

  • http://www.unwater.org/water-cooperation-2013/water-cooperation/facts-and-figures/en/
  • http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/problems/problems_fishing/