World Water Day is on March 22nd! This year’s theme “Water and Climate Change” focuses on the importance of water issues as we address climate change. Globally, at present, 1 out of 3 people do not have access to clean drinking water, which, in 2010, the UN declared to be a human right. This is true while in the next 20 years, demand for water is expected to increase by 50%.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 spotlights the importance of Water and Sanitation for all by 2030. This international day, together with the focus of water and sanitation in the SDGs, highlights the importance of ending the current global water crisis. The greatest impacts of water issues are felt by those living at the margins of society. Indigenous populations, women, and Least Developed Countries experience water insecurity at drastically higher rates than their counterparts. A focus on accessible clean drinking water is necessary for poverty reduction, economic growth, and environmental sustainability.
The Congregations of St. Joseph, knowing that access to safe water is essential to life on earth, commits itself to be better educated on the intersection of water and climate change and to work tirelessly to accomplish SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) together with SDG 13 (Climate Action). Learn more at www.unwater.org.