“All are places where shortages of water contribute to poverty. They cause social hardship and impede development. They create tensions in conflict-prone regions. Too often, where we need water we find guns. […] There is still enough water for all of us – but only so long as we keep it clean, use it more wisely, and share it fairly” Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
There has been a global water crisis growing for decades, the UN declared 2005-2015 to be the international decade for action “Water for Life” to raise awareness and global action on this issue. There are multiple causes for this shortage, relating to sanitary storage and distribution, economic access to clean water and a simple lack of available water in drier regions. This is a matter that requires global attention, as combined with food supply and distribution; this is literally the lifeblood of the human race. The World Economic Forum has listed water crisis as the third highest global risk of 2014 – following only global financial system crashes and unemployment. The situation is not being made easier by multinational companies actively working to seize natural water supplies and sell them to locals at a margin. This activity should be outright illegal, with water supply being a permanent function of the government.
Water is a human right.