What is the source of all life on earth?
It is water and energy from the sun that makes living on our beautiful blue and green planet earth possible.
Imagine you are living or visiting a magnificent island like Bali and you can imagine how it was created over time. Looking at the beautiful beaches or the amazing reefs surrounding Bali you might come to the conclusion that you just have stepped into paradise, and it is water that played the most significant role in its creation.
However, you can see the black clouds, coming at you from the edge of the horizon, with danger written on them.
These clouds stand as metaphors for the pollution of the water from various causes and in different water resources like rivers, lakes and aquifers (a geological formation beneath the surface of the land that is holding back the water that rained down on the landscape, basically it is working like a sponge ). Pollution has different origins, e.g. illegal waste dumps, fertilizer used in agribusiness or air-pollutants from transportation coming down with the rain. Pollutants have different effects on Human health, the environment and on the quality of water. For example, if you take the nitrogen used in the fertilizers (which is put into the ground for better growth results), this can lead to an over growth of algae above the corals, which leads to the extinction of the reefs in certain areas.
More Research to Unveil the Horror We are Facing
This is just one example of the negative effect of pollution on water. Over the next couple months the ROLE Foundation is going to publish more papers on the following topics going more in depth. First, there will be one on ocean water then rivers and lakes on the island, followed by examining the topic of aquifers in Bali. Finally, we will publish a paper on water testing.
Swidbert Hoeflinger, Student from Germany,
studying Water Resource Management as a Bachelor of Science,
currently interning with the Role Foundation for six months focusing on resource management and water pollution.