Climate change has unleashed an unprecedented crisis in human history. In recent years, we have started to experience what science announced decades ago. The majority social awareness, which is essential for immediate and effective mitigation and attenuation actions, is hampered by a remarkable level of resistance to accepting the facts among broad sectors of the population. We need to report with scientific rigour, but also propose understandable and tangible actions to get involved without reservation, and we need to do it now.
We will be able to see the finalists and vote for them on the 2nd May. The initiative of the Foundation grows spectacularly in terms of participation and international projection, reaffirming itself as a reference point in the dissemination of the messages of water: 2,400 registered authors from 127 countries.
Never before has the survival or our life pattern depended on water. The water crisis, exacerbated by climate change, affects us all, but it will affect new generations even more. There is an urgent need for dialogue to find accurate diagnoses that will lead to effective solutions. With this goal in mind, the We Are Water Foundation gathered experts in meteorology and water treatment on World Water Day for a debate on the crucial issues all of us and the coming generations will need to face.
Nature shows us that the solutions to the severe hydric and environmental challenges we face involve respecting and observing the water cycle and harmonizing with it. The first step to achieve this is to understand its importance in life, its vulnerability and to recognize how we are altering it. “The answer is in nature” is the theme of World Water Day this year; if we want nature to remain our teacher, then we must take care of it before it’s too late.
The We Are Water Foundation renews its partnership with UNICEF and starts a new project in Burkina Faso based on the CLTS approach. The goal is the empowerment of communities for the building and maintenance of their own latrines and hygiene education to eradicate open defecation.
Access to clean water without having to walk for miles to collect it, latrines for safety and privacy, hygiene education for their health and visibility to be empowered: millions of women and girls need it to attain the justice they deserve.
In many deprived areas with no access to water, millions of people are not aware that some of their daily routines pollute the water they will end up drinking. Knowledge of good hygienic and sanitary practices related to water is essential to end the embarrassingly endemic diseases in many areas of the world.
Keeping the population in its land and investing in infrastructures are key factors to recover a region after a natural disaster. To do so it is essential to restore the access to water with the full participation of all victims in the operation and maintenance of the infrastructures. This participation is a key factor to achieve a sustainable recovery. The project of the We Are Water Foundation in the Philippines shows that resilience is possible, reviving the growth expectations of the population that experienced the disaster of Typhoon Haiyan.
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