Climate – Water – Health
The facts are clear: Climate Change has an accelerating impact on the big issues of our time, threatening the well-being and livelihoods of people around the world. The changing conditions lead to an additional threat to existing resources.
In India, 140,000 children die every year due to diarrhea alone. The cause? A lack of access to safe drinking water sources. In rural communities in Asia and Africa people still depend on limited, microbiologically contaminated water sources to satisfy their basic needs. Unfortunately, the most common method of water disinfection, boiling the water with firewood, results in high CO2 emissions – directly affecting the environment. In addition to being time-consuming and expensive for the people, widespread use also has dire effects on people’s respiratory health and local forest cover. Innovative and affordable solutions are needed to tackle the global water and climate crisis, improving people’s living conditions without creating dependencies and additional problems.