97% of all unfrozen freshwater is groundwater- all our great lakes and mighty rivers put together are only a fraction of it. However, just because it lies underground, it gets hidden from our sight and from our minds. We haven’t assessed our groundwater resources well enough. But we do know that between 2003 and 2010 we lost 90 km3 of it, mostly due to bad management and overuse. This has led to what is surely an underground drought felt across the world from the Americas, Africa, South Asia and China. Predictably, the worst effects are being felt by the poor and the marginalized.
In this video, groundwater experts and enthusiasts from across the world discuss how we lose sight of groundwater despite it being a critical resource, the biggest issues it is faced with, and what we should start doing to address them.
Produced by: TheWaterChannel