Water and Climate Change ‘We Cannot Afford to Wait’

22 March 2020 (World Water Day)* — Climate delay is almost as dangerous as climate denial. Every country in the world must work more quickly.


What do we mean when we say: ‘We cannot afford to wait. Climate policy makers must put water at the heart of action plans’?

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.

Water and Climte Change: What Do We Mean?

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.



Learn more in the World Water Day Toolkit.


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.



A green wall to catch fresh water in Indonesia

A green wall to catch fresh water in Indonesia

In Gedepahala, West Java, Indonesia, water springs in the region have disappeared as forest cover in the upper streams has been lost. Since 2008, Conservation International has led a collaborative, community-based land management initiative to create a “green wall” of more than 100,000 newly-planted trees to restore the landscape and help recharge groundwater.

Read the full story here.

Special focus on water and climate

Special focus on water and climate

To mark World Water Day, the Stockholm International Water Institute has created a special focus area on their website to explore the issues around water and climate change – the World Water Day theme for 2020. Content will include articles on the five things you need to know about water and climate; future proofing finance; and the importance of handwashing and how it is threatened by climate change.

*SOURCE: World Water Day. Go to ORIGINAL.

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