Water: A Symbol of Life and Death

Water is one of our most valuable natural resources on earth—covering approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface and making up about 75% of the human body. Water has endless uses and is of great importance effecting all aspects of life, including transportation, consumption, agriculture, entertainment, electricity, religion, and more. According to the International Chamber of Shipping, 11 billion tons of products are transported by water each year. While water is a building block for all aspects of life, it can also bring harm such as floods, drownings, and water pollution. According to National Geographic, there are over 5.25 trillion pieces of trash in waters across the world. This pollution kills around 10,000 people each day, which amounts to about 3.6 million people every year. My research works to explain how water is essential for life yet can be destructive as well. While water symbolizes both life and death on Earth, water must only mean good in a perfect world like a Utopia.