How does climate change affect water access to poorest communities?
Climate change impact on water supplies threatens to set back progress on bringing clean water to all by decades unless immediate action is taken to assist the world's poorest communities in adapting to changing weather patterns.
The situation now faced by those most impacted by climate change has received little attention or investment in the critical battle to reduce current and future global emissions.
Among the many challenges that climate change will present to the world's poorest citizens, the effects felt through water will be among the most severe. Water-related events, such as flooding, drought, or extreme storms, are frequently experienced as a result of climate change.
Extreme weather events caused by climate change have both economic and human costs!
People lives are blighted by sickness, poverty, and the never-ending drudgery of collecting water if they do not have easy access to clean water. Women and girls around the world already walk for an estimated 200 million hours per year – or roughly 23,000 years – to fetch water. For the one-tenth of the world's population who do not have access to clean water, the hours spent collecting water or recovering from waterborne illnesses caused by contaminated water deprives entire communities of the opportunity to build a better future.
Climate change acts as a threat multiplier for water!
It exacerbates problems caused by poor water resource management, a lack of political will, and insufficient investment. Water scarcity is expected to displace between 24 million and 700 million people by 2030 under the current climate scenario.
Currently, only 5% of total global climate funding is spent on assisting countries in adapting to changing climates, and that money is not directed towards the most vulnerable communities. The investment in ensuring that everyone, regardless of where they live, has a reliable and safe water source to help communities become more resilient to climate change is completely inadequate to the growing crisis – some of the most climate vulnerable countries receive only $1 per person per year for water investment.
Climate change is making it more difficult for vulnerable people to rely on clean water when they need it, and it is a great injustice that the world's poorest people, who have contributed the least to the crisis, are bearing the brunt of its consequences.
The health of people will suffer unless communities have access to a reliable source of water, and they will be burdened with spending more and more time searching for water, robbing them of the opportunity to create a better life and escape poverty.
Governments around the world must step up now, commit to reductions, and recognize the critical role clean water plays in assisting communities in coping with climate change and quickly recovering from related extreme weather events.
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