The UN has made a list of their seventeen sustainable development goals. I find all of them extremely important, but number six caught my attention. I think that the most important goal is clean water and sanitation.
783 million people in the world do not have access to clean and safe water, that concludes to 1 out of every 5 deaths of children under 5 is due to a water-related disease. And every year, 3.5 million people die of waterborne illness.
It is possible to survive for various weeks without food, but it is not possible to survive more than a few days without water. Water is life. Diarrhea is the second largest cause of death among children under five. Lack of access to potable kills more children than AIDS and malaria.
Water is used for many important things like drinking, recreation, sanitation, hygiene and industry. Water is the most important source for humans and without it, waterborne illness will be a big problem. Therefor I mean more money and help should go to clean water in every country.
In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed by collecting and transporting water for domestic use. In this useful time, the people should have had an another job and clean water in their home from the tap instead.
The situation of lack of sanitation is far worse, for it affects 2.6 billion people, or 40% of the global population.
On the other hand, proper sanitation is also deficient among many people in the globe. Lack or proper sanitation have mainly been characterized with worldwide shortfalls in indispensable access to a hygienic toilet, and deficient service provision and household standard. Poor people in many countries suffer from such low quality of services.
Women who gets menstruation have to be home from school because the bathrooms at school are destroyed or not available to use. this is not how it should be. Everybody has the right to get a safe and clean toilet and bathroom.
these points are so important. I think that many people in Norway are taking the clean water we get for granted and we have to lay a bigger focus on this point, to help others.
Measures are being made, as one of the goals is that within 2020, one should maintain and protect every water-related ecosystems, such as mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers and lakes. This is an important goal for the future and a lots of people!
water is a start for everything.
water is the answer to do something more.