Conserve freshwater and restore water cycles at multiple scales using regenerative practices, collaborative management, and innovative technologies.
Water is essential to life on Earth. More than 70 percent of every cell inside every living organism is water. It makes up half our body weight and is crucial to maintaining healthy organs, reducing body temperature, and processing waste. Water is essential to regeneration. But water is in trouble. Only 3 percent of all water on Earth is freshwater, and two-thirds of that is locked up in glaciers. Competing demands, aquifer depletion, drought, and pollution are stressing the remaining one percent. Global water demand is projected to outstrip supply by 40 percent by 2030. Agriculture uses 70 percent of all freshwater. Water stress will grow as the effects of climate change become more severe. Solutions must be diverse, collaborative, and work at multiple scales. A crucial one is regenerative agriculture, which can improve water cycles, keep water clean, and build resilience to extreme weather. This is particularly important in water farming systems, such as rice cultivation, which depend on a healthy water cycle.