Jun 03, 2014 · By 2050, two-thirds of all people on the planet are projected to call urbanized areas their home. This trend will be most prominent in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America: More than 90% of the global urban growth is taking place in these regions, adding 70 million new residents to urban areas every year.
The water crisis is an expression of the environmental catastrophe because the natural system has been so fundamentally altered by human activity. More than 97% of all the water on the planet is salt water, and most of the freshwater is locked up in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets.
Unfortunately, Latin America is also one of the most dangerous regions in the world for environmental activists. According to Global Witness, 60 percent of killings of the world's environmental activists last year occurred in Latin America. In Brazil, 50 environmental defenders were killed - the world's highest death toll.
Since 1998, Trees, Water & People (TWP) has taken a community-based approach to sustainable development with reforestation, solar energy, clean cookstoves, and sustainable building in Latin America and the United States.
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