Rising temperatures and extreme weather are having a huge impact on already vulnerable communities.
You can live for three to five days without water. If you have water but it’s dirty, you’ll get ill. And then it doesn’t matter if you eat healthy food, you’re losing it all and are then faced with life-threatening hunger.
But water is becoming more and more scarce.
And we’re not talking about a small problem for a few people. Two billion humans lack clean, safe water today. One in 20 children under five who die, die for want of a tap.
While humans need water, so do crops and livestock. Around 70% of the water we use is for irrigation. With no crops or livestock, you and your family face life-threatening hunger.
What’s more, without water, you can’t keep clean which means diseases can easily spread. Every day, 1,000 children die from diarrhoea, dysentery, and cholera caused by dirty water and unhygienic living conditions.
A lack of water can also create conflict with communities fighting over dwindling supplies.
Climate change, causing more and longer droughts and famines as well as floods, is also a factor. Flooding destroys and contaminates water sources. Drought destroys crops and kills livestock.