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...
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.
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.