Water and climate change: what do we mean?
What do we mean when we say: ‘We cannot afford to wait. Climate policy makers must put water at the heart of action plans’?
Climate delay is almost as dangerous as climate denial. Every country in the world must work more quickly.
Extreme weather events are making water more scarce, more unpredictable, more polluted or all three.
Humans need water to survive, as do all the systems we rely on: sanitation, healthcare, education, business and industry.
Action plans to tackle climate change need to be integrated across different sectors and coordinated across borders. And they must have one thing in common: safe and sustainable water management.
Learn more in the UN-Water Policy Brief on Climate Change and Water.
What do we mean when we say: ‘Water can help fight climate change. There are sustainable, affordable and scalable water and sanitation solutions’?
Fighting climate change will open up vast opportunities for the economy in many areas. We need to embrace circular production systems and use water much more efficiently.
As the global population grows, so does the demand for water, which depletes natural resources and damages the environment in many places. Solutions include protecting carbon sinks such as oceans and wetlands, adopting climate-smart agricultural techniques, and increasing the safe reuse of wastewater.
Water is our most precious resource – we must use it more responsibly. We must balance all of society’s water needs while ensuring the poorest people don’t get left behind
What do we mean when we say: ‘Everyone has a role to play. It is surprising how many water actions anyone, anywhere can take to address climate change.’?
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said: “Warnings are necessary. But fear will not get the job done.”
Yes, climate change can feel scary and daunting. But there is one simple step you can take immediately that will make a big difference: don’t waste water.
Thousands of people are logging their climate actions on the United Nation’s ActNow website. Check out all the easy lifestyle changes that will help save the planet.
What is being done?
In Jamaica, the simple, time-proven method of rainwater harvesting is being tested by students and teachers of 70 training institutions.
Disasters big and small are entrenching poverty, eroding livelihoods and reversing development gains, so we need to think about disaster preparation from new angles.
Rainwater harvesting can secure water resources in regions with irregular rainfall and in those facing increasing precipitation variability.
The climate is changing and will continue to change, affecting the societies mainly through water. The 2020 United Nations World Water Development Report focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential responses to climate change through water.
The UN Water Action Decade is well underway – read stories from around the world about what countries and organizations are doing to solve the global water crisis.
Singapore has a simple and highly effective water strategy: collect every drop of water, reuse water endlessly, and desalinate seawater.
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