Climate Change AND Human Rights Closely Interlinked
“Amnesty International and Greenpeace International: All states have obligations under international human rights law to prevent harm to human rights, including the rights to life, to housing, food, water, sanitation and to a healthy environment.” (Joint Statement: Greenpeace – Amnesty International. December 8th 2015).
Note from author: Access to clean, fresh water is a basic human right. In Finland, water management/treatment is on such a high level that it is safe across the whole country to drink tap water. Nevertheless, many people still prefer to filter even our clean tap water, since they feel that tap water may still include residues from e.g. fluorine, medical waste and so on. Of course we have bottled water, both still and sparking, for sale in groceries, but there is no real need to consume bottled water unless someone prefers to do so.
The situation with fresh water around the world is problematic in many areas/regions, with a lack of access to clean water. E.g. according to the WWF, water scarcity affects at least 1.1 billion people around the world on a regular basis, and up to 2.7 billion people lack access to clean, fresh water during some periods in a calendar year. 1.1 respectively 2.7 billion are high numbers, taking into consideration that world population is currently at 7.5 billion people, with an estimation of up to 10 billion by 2050. With all the resources and technologies available today, it is difficult to understand why we have not yet been capable of solving the global clean water problem.
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