The climate crisis is a water crisis
“We must use this opportunity to set the world on a new course, where water is at the core of climate policy. ”
Good water governance is tomorrow’s biggest challenge
Competition over dwindling water resources could get more and more fierce as the global population increases, the climate crisis escalates and civil strife soars. How water is managed will be a question of life and death for individuals, societies and nature.
Since hardly any human activity is possible without water, different groups and interests could easily become pitted against each other, with potentially disastrous consequences for social stability, equality and our chances to combat global warming.
Good water governance is crucial, since it recognises the true value of water, encourages innovation, tackles pollution and waste, and ensures that both humans and nature get their fair share of limited water resources.
Using the climate crisis to unleash a new era of innovation
We may be on the cusp of a promising new era of social and environmental innovation. Thanks to important advances in Earth monitoring, we have a much better understanding of how different natural processes and ecosystems are connected.
This knowledge, coupled with new digital tools, makes it possible to develop industry, energy and agriculture in a much more sustainable direction, with less water and energy input.
We must use this opportunity to set the world on a new course, where water is at the core of climate policy.