Every day the average person drinks 2-4 liters of water while they effectively consume approximately 2000-5000 liters of water indirectly through the food they eat. This simple stat doesn't tell the whole story of how water is allocated to produce food across the globe. The 2030 sustainable development goals 2 and 6 focus on Food security and access to water resources. To reach these goals we must focus on refining current agricultural practices, while developing and implementing more efficient agriculture production systems worldwide. This story map provides an interactive overview of current challenges and future opportunities for improving water consumption in agriculture around the world.
What it does
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic it has become clear that we live in a very connected world and that we are collectively responsible for protecting. The goal of this app is to show not tell people how our day to day decisions can have a global impact. Protecting our environment is one of the best ways to help ensure a bright future for our planet. Making informed decisions about how we consume food resources is one of the simple steps anyone can take to help protect our environment.
This story map focuses on highlighting pressures we place on water resources though inefficient food production practices with examples from around the world. By informing the public through engaging educational experiences like this app we can help empower individuals to take actions in their daily routines to reduce their environmental impact. Additionally, this app can help facilitate discussion around how we structure our global food supply chains and create conversations around actively developing more sustainable and equitable agricultural practices which benefit the planet and people.
This app functions as an interactive educational device suitable for a wide range of audiences including students, members of government and the general public. Please take the time to explore the app and leave your feedback in the comments. Together we can build a brighter future for everyone!
How we built it
This app is built completely using the arcgis web app builder, arcgis story maps and is populated with content from the living atlas and other internet sources. The arcgis platform has something to offer for people with all levels of experience with spatial data and web development knowledge.
We chose to use the storymap and web app builders because we were curious about how they worked and wanted to see what we could build. Building a sustainable future is a huge topic and we wanted to create an app to help demonstrate how big of a challenge this is. We felt that a story might be the best way to help communicate how we got to where we are and how we can move forward in a deliberate way addressing our current challenges. Naturally a story map was the perfect choice for us, it not only let us demonstrate the spatial scale of some of these issues but also lets us demonstrate the underlying structures which lead to our current challenges. The living atlas is what made this project work. In 1998 Al Gore proposed a digital earth, a digital copy of the planet which could be queried for information and monitored to glean insight into the health of the planet. This concept was pure science fiction at the time but only 23 years later a tool like this exists which can be used to tackle huge challenges like building a sustainable future for our planet.
Challenges we ran into
The biggest challenge was finding a suitable topic to match the scale of this hackathon's theme. The next challenge was restricting our story to include only the most relevant data amidst thousands of layers of great data in the living atlas.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
I am really proud of the way we used this platform to tell a meaningful and compelling story supported by data. In a world where data is being dubbed the new oil, I think it is important that we not only develop tools for creating, analyzing and sharing data but also tools for communicating data. Most data is difficult to understand but stories are universal, the story maps platform helps translate data into stories.
What we learned
The arcgis platform can be used to develop and deploy a no code/low code solution quickly and effectively without sacrificing UI/UX or performance.
What's next for Food, Water and 7 Billion People
Maintain the app, and add new sections as more data becomes available.