The world’s poorest people are those most likely to experience water scarcity. When people’s watersheds are contaminated or people live far ways from water sources, they are more likely to stay trapped in the poverty cycle. This is because people who spend large portions of their days suffering the effects of water-related illnesses or travelling far distances to retrieve water means they have little time to make money or go to school, thus they are less able to improve their situation.
It’s unfair that the world’s wealthiest people use water as if it’s an infinite resource, while the world’s poorest hardly have access to water that’s safe enough to drink. I value fairness — where access to water is equal amongst all people regardless of their socio-economic background. I also value justice — where those responsible for contaminating the water sources of others are required to clean up their mess. I thus envision a future where all people have access to the most fundamental human right basic human right: clean drinking water.
My intervention to get to this future includes greater education about the value of properly functioning ecosystems for the generation of clean water sources. Another intervention is creating legislation where industries must pay for their water use and must clean up the watersheds that they have contaminated.