So what is wrong with the infographic?
It is hard to to see but the water drop at the top center shows the breakdown of Earth's freshwater: about 70% polar icecaps; 30% lies underground; less than 1% is surface water. No problem, right?
The problem is the text associated with the last two figures:
30% (Most of which is too expensive to tap into and filter)
which of course means that:
Less than 1% of the world's freshwater is available for human consumption.
These passages are wrong.
My basis for these statements? After all, citations are provided for the statements on this infographic But they are still wrong. My basis for saying that? Last month I took The Nature Conservancy to task for its egregious claim as depicted in this graphic that was making the rounds on Twitter.
Organizations like to dismiss groundwater's importance to society to further their own agendas, which may involve fundraising. Shame on them!
When are organizations going to realize that by marginalizing groundwater they are encouraging people to neglect its protection? Since it is 'inaccessible and undrinkable' why bother taking care of it?
Ignorance is no longer an excuse; this is 2014, folks.
“Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored.” - Aldous Huxley