THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER

 

Water is not only important to the human body, but also to agriculture, and plant life. We can already see that some parts of the world are losing their water recourses. Today 844 million people are living without access to safe water, and 2,3 billion are living without access to improved sanitation. When you have water, you can open doors to education, work opportunities, and also greater health for families around the world.

 

Women are those who are most affected by the water crisis, because they are the ones collecting it. Instead of going to work or school, they need to collect water for their families. Women and girls spend around 6 hours a day walking. Women and girls need to be included in programs to improve water, because they have the key roles when it comes collecting and managing water globally.

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After reading the story “thirst” I thought about how we take water for granted. After I read the story I could see myself in the same situation, but I couldn’t even imagen. Water in general is life changing and everyone should have access to it.

Sources:

Thirst.pdf

The Importance of Water.pdf

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

 

We have many different problems in the world. Some of these problems can cause a lot of suffering and destruction to our planet. The UN have 17 sustainable development goals they want to achieve by 2030. All of these 17 goals have specific targets to reach the next 15 years. All the goals are each as important as another.

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One of the most important sustainable development goal is number 2, zero hunger. This goal wants to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.

 

With this goal the UN wants to make sure that everyone everywhere has enough food to live a healthy life. If we want to accomplish this goal, it will require better access to food and the promotion of sustainable agriculture, and increasing investments trough international collaboration to strengthen the quantity of agriculture in developing countries.

 

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The other goal I chose was UN’s goal number 6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.

 

Water reduction affects more than 40 % of people around the world, and it’s rising as a result of increasing global temperatures, because of climate changes. Despite water for sanitation, less and less get access to safe drinking water. This is a major problem.

 

Unfortunately, in 2011, 41 countries experienced a downfall on water. 10 of these countries where close to decrease their supply of renewable water and now needs to use other alternative sources.

 

In south Africa, the city of Cape Town was on the brink of disaster. For many months, the inhabitants of Cape Town where counting down to Day Zero, the day the town would run out of water. Happily, the date is now moved from around July to the latest count which doesn’t even have a date, but may be in 2019.

 

What can we do to provide everyone with clean water? We can help protect and restore water related ecosystems including mountains, forests, rivers and lakes. We need to reduce the pollution and eliminate dumping and support participation to local community’s water.

 

 

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Water is a human right, and humans consist 50-70% of water. I chose these goals because I think this is important. Food is a necessity that everyone does not have access to. I decided to write about this because I think it is one of the biggest problems us humans still face today. We have enough recourses on earth to help everyone, so it is very provoking to see that there are still people in need.

 

Sources:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg6

https://qz.com/africa/1272589/how-cape-town-delayed-its-water-disaster-at-least-until-2019/

https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/report/2016/goal-02/