In 2015, the severe water crisis in São Paulo showed the imbalance in the access to water in most large cities in Brazil and changed the way water is managed in a country with over 12% of the reserves of the planet. The expert Marussia Whately explained this in the series of conferences “Water and metropolis”organised by the We Are Water Foundation and Casa Amèrica Catalunya. Brazil reacts and the planet heavily depends on it.
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To learn to wash their hands and to be able to do it in school is the best lesson for those millions of boys and girls for whom diarrhoea can be lethal. It is a knowledge transmitted to the family, which creates a hygiene culture that is essential to overcome poverty.
When a hurricane devastates, water is always scarce. When the hurricane ceases, recovery starts with the first emergency aid. It is then that a simple drum becomes essential: the storage and purification of water is only available to those who have it and it can save their lives.
The fourth edition of the We Art Water Film Festival is already a booming global communication wonder. The jury, made up of celebrities from the film, communication and NGOs sectors, was presented at the San Sebastian Film Festival. All members highlighted the importance of a festival that has become a reference point in the film industry as an exceptional testimony of the water scarcity and sanitation problems in the world, an also of their solutions.
In order to achieve the development goals of humanity we require a paradigm shift in our global relationship with water resources. To reduce, recycle and distribute water with effectiveness and equity are the keys to the sustainability of the planet. At the World Water Week in Stockholm, over 3,200 experts have shown and discussed the most advanced studies about this global challenge.
Rubén shows his neighbours how to build a very basic rain collector. A simple transmission of knowledge that may save many lives as it prevents the consumption of contaminated surface water. In the rural areas of Tanzania, 18 % of the population only has access to water in ponds, lakes and rivers with no sanitary control.
One of the greatest challenges India is facing is to provide women with the access to decent and safe latrines and bathrooms. It is essential to end open defecation to move forward towards gender equality. Millions of women in India do not have access to clean water, toilets or personal hygiene. Apart from an important investment in infrastructures, this goal also requires substantial sociocultural and educational advances.
Poppy Taaibos needs to fetch water from her neighbours' house, which are more fortunate than her and also let her use the bathroom. Her younger brothers use the back of the house. This is the situation of four out of ten South African children.
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