As I’m writing this, I’m enjoying a nice cool glass of water. What’s better than that to really quench that thirst. But unfortunately, not everyone has that privilege. This wednesday, March 22nd, marked the World Water Day, a day set in place to tackle the water crisis. To this day, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of various diseases. Something needs to change!
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On wednesday, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released a report, which states that by 2040, 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scarce water.
“But around the world, millions of children lack access to safe water – endangering their lives, undermining their health, and jeopardizing their futures,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. According to the report, 36 countries around the world are already facing extremely high levels of water stress. Imagine how many people are living without access to basic, sanitary water. It’s horrifying.
As an outcome of this report, the UN is urging governments and businesses to make changes to ensure access to water for everybody.
It was Thomas Fuller who said “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” In first world countries, water is not something we give much thought. It’s just always there, seemingly limitless and at our disposal practically everywhere. And yet, all around the world people are dying for the very reason that they don’t have access to it. Children in these countries have to spend their days, looking for water instead of having the opportunity to get an education and on these trips they are in danger of many things. It is an issue that may no longer be overlooked by the general public.
We have to help. Now, apart from water saving measures like not leaving the tap running or not showering for 2 hours per day, we can also go out there and actually help on the spot. With AIESEC, you could go to Cambodia and raise awareness in communities about the dangers of unsanitary water and how to tackle the water crisis or you could go to any number of other places and show your support there. It is time to step it up and do something for our fellow human beings. What will happen without our support? Well, maybe the number of children living without water by 2040 will double.
What are you going to do about it?
Blogpost writer: Jakub Wolf