Environmental Threats Of The Twenty First Century

901 Words Jul 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Environmental Threats of the Twenty-First Century While there are many grave environmental issues plaguing our society today, two problems truly stand out: water sanitation and overpopulation. These issues have the potential to destroy our planet and have become almost insurmountable in recent years. Unless mankind takes action, our future generations may be in a dire situation. If we were able to conquer these two major dilemmas, we can enjoy many centuries to come. However, if the current trends continue, we may eventually find ourselves on the endangered species list.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 750 Million people currently lack access to clean water1. That is roughly 2.5 times the population of the United States. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day2. That is roughly the population of Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties together. Imagine two major metropolitan areas in our state being completely wiped out each year. We Americans take clean water for granted. If we need a drink or to wash our hands, we can simply walk in to any home or business and turn on a faucet. If we need to use the restroom, we walk to another room and our waste is disposed of with the press of a lever. If we don 't like the taste of our tap water, we have a variety of bottled water at our fingertips. We can fish and swim in most of our lakes and…
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