News from the Earth — renewables

Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people

Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people

Groundwater, the invisible water beneath our feet, represents 99% of Earth's liquid freshwater, making it critical for supplying drinking water, ensuring food security, adapting to climate variability, supporting biodiversity, sustaining surface water bodies and meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. 

Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people, and provides more than 40% of the water for irrigated agriculture worldwide. Its use has impacted environmentally critical streamflow in more than 15% of streams globally, and could impact the majority of streams by 2050.

Around 1.7 billion people live above aquifers, geologic formations that provide groundwater, that are stressed by overuse. Poor groundwater quality disproportionately...


UN Chief: Gender equality, the ‘unfinished human rights struggle of this century’

UN Chief: Gender equality, the ‘unfinished human rights struggle of this century’

Mother Earth needs to value female energy at all levels: personal and individual for a balanced life, social for a just life, and environmental, because life means harmony between all species and between living beings and nature.

Banks and investors will be required to be more transparent about environmental risks.

Some activities and some goods will not maintain their value in a world with low emissions simply because they pollute too much and contribute to the climate crisis. Similarly, there are technologies and activities that will help to cut emissions and thus take on enormous value.

Countries are shifting to a four-day working week

Those who work less than six hours are more productive, accumulate less stress and therefore are more focused on work.

Countries with shorter working weeks are more likely to have a lower carbon footprint.


Earth Day 2021 calls for action to restore damaged ecosystems.

Mother Earth is clearly urging a call to action. Nature is suffering. Oceans are filling with plastic and turning more acidic. Extreme heat, wildfires, floods, and hurricanes have affected millions of people. We continue to face a worldwide health pandemic linked to the health of our ecosystem. For International Mother Earth Day 22 April, let's be reminded that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet. Let’s promote harmony with nature.