WaterViews

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Population growth, urban development, farm production, and climate change is increasing competition for fresh water and producing shortages so acute that virtually every industry in the world anticipates sweeping systemic transformation over the next decade in their strategic planning, production practices, and business models.

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For 15 years SustainAbility and GlobeScan have polled global thought leaders about the planet’s greatest sustainability challenges. The collaborating firms also release three “pulse” surveys based on three critical sustainability issues that most concern companies and their shareholders.

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Video: Discussing Water at World Water Week in Stockholm

J. Carl Ganter, director of Circle of Blue, Rob Kerr, vice president of GlobeScan, and other water experts at World Water Week in Stockholm discuss the findings of the Circle of Blue | Globescan global water survey.

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International survey finds fresh water pollution, scarcity drive public concern

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Infographics by Hannah Nester for Circle of Blue. Produced as part of the WaterViews project.

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Water is regarded as a serious issue by Canadians, particularly water pollution and the lack of safe drinking water.

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Water pollution stands out as the most serious perceived environmental problem in China.

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Images by Greg Girard / Contact Press Images for Circle of Blue

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Compared to other environmental issues, Indians consider water pollution and fresh water shortages to be the most serious, together with failed food crops because of weather.

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Images by Anita Khemka / Contact Press Images for Circle of Blue.

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Water is an especially serious issue according to Mexicans, particularly the lack of safe drinking water.

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mages by Janet Jarman / Contact Press Images for Circle of Blue. Accompanying article.

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Compared to other environmental issues, Russians consider water pollution to be the most serious.

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Images by James Hill / Contact Press Images for Circle of Blue.

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In the United Kingdom, the depletion of natural resources and water issues are regarded as two serious environmental issues.

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Images by Sam Faulkner / Contact Press Images for Circle of Blue.

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Americans demonstrate concern for water issues, particularly for water pollution and the lack of safe drinking water.

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Images by Brent Stirton / Reportage by Getty Images for Circle of Blue.

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