Dear Future President,
Many areas of the world have very little, or even no clean water. Thousands of people are dying rapidly because of this, and something needs to be done to stop it. “Everyday more than 3,000 children die from diarrhoeal diseases, mostly due to unsafe water.” (UNICEF, 1). The true location of where the most people are lacking water is actually everywhere. All over the world people are suffering, whether it be children or adults. Clean water for everyone should be the main priority of our future president because it is a very oppressing matter and affects nearly every country in the world. It claims thousands of lives every year, and shows no sign of stopping.
I believe that not having clean water for everyone is badly affecting the state of not only communities and cities, but the whole world. When you take away water, you take away one of the most important, basic necessities of life, and that can really destroy a once bountiful and beautiful society. One of example of this is Ethiopia. A study by The World Bank shows that it is one of the poorest countries in the world, and also one with little clean water (TheCheatSheet.com). Not only humans are affected negatively when it comes to clean water. Whether it is actual marine life or simply ducks in a pond, these poor creatures are being harmed and killed from plastic soda wrappers to run off from houses and cities. “In 1975, the National Academy of Sciences estimated that ocean-based sources, such as cargo ships and cruise liners had dumped 14 billion pounds of garbage into the ocean. Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.” (DoSomething.org). This is very important because it will improve the world around us and the well being of the animals living in it.
Even though there is the possibility for great improvement if everyone can have access to clean water, there are a few things standing in the way. One of these things is cost. It would cost millions of dollars to fund for systems to get clean water to countries who do not have any. “Bringing water and sanitation to all would cost $10 billion a year, Mr. Jolly said.” (nytimes.com). This matters because cost is a big factor in all large scale projects, and can really put a dent in the entire process. In other words, if cost isn't put into perspective, the entire idea of providing clean water for everyone is a bust.
There are few different ways the next president of the United States can combat the lack of clean water around the world. To begin, I think that the president should start some sort of funding or donation program in order to raise money for countries without safe water. Then he/she can start putting money into the cause and set up ways to help construct filtration systems or ways to get water safely to the people of these countries. This connects to Global Goal #6, because it is all about clean water and sanitation. By acting upon problems connecting to this goal it would really boost the United Nation’s status and encourage other countries to join in the fight for a better world. It will not only solve one of the most life threatening problems in the world today, but if pulled off, will also be a major success for the president and the country. “Without water, life would not exist.”- Water.org
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