Ninety-seven percent of the water on Earth is salt water, while another 2.5 percent is locked in ice or deep underground. Meanwhile, the global population is slated to jump from seven billion to nine billion in the next 50 years, while the population of Texas -- which currently stands at 25 million -- is expected to jump to 50 million within the next 50 years. This means we are fueling the needs of a rapidly growing population on the 0.5 percent of freshwater available to us.
At this event, Laura J. Huffman, executive director of The Nature Conservancy of Texas, takes the global challenges to a local level, beginning with a unique approach that combines science-based strategies with innovative legislation tools and practical partnerships. Huffman points out that Texas now finds itself face-to-face with an unyielding truth: that water is not optional, and without a sustainable, funded plan to conserve and protect this vital resource, there might not be enough for future generations. In the midst of record-breaking drought and heat, devastating wildfires and expanding water restrictions, the state might now be motivated to get serious about funding and implementing a sustainable water plan, along with a wide variety of infrastructure projects and conservation strategies.
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