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#ClimateJusticeThursday: You have a right to clean water!

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Hello readers,

Welcome to #ClimateJusticeThursday on CleanbuildVoices!

What’s so important about #ClimateJusticeThursday? Well, reports have shown that
low-income communities, people of color, indigenous people, people with disabilities, older people, women, and children are the most vulnerable to climate-related disasters.

This means that in the advent of raging storms, floods, wildfires, severe heat, poor air quality, lack of access to food and water, these groups of people are greatly affected.

For this week’s edition of #ClimateJusticeThursday, our focus is on right to clean water!

Did you know that access to safe drinking water is a fundamental human right? Indeed, it is. As far back as July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly had recognized the human right to water.

The body also acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights in Resolution A/RES/64/292. So, there you have it.

How should knowing that you have a right to clean water affect you? For one, it should make you bold in speaking out if there is a lack of water access where you live. After all, it is the government’s responsibility to provide access to clean water for all its citizens.

Perhaps you’re wondering how you can do this. The next time you attend your town hall meeting, inform the local authorities about your plight. You could also take advantage of the digital age and tweet your concerns about the lack of water in your community. Remember that you have a voice, use it!

In the meantime, there are other practical things you can do to manage the water crisis. One is to reduce your consumption of water. To find out other helpful tips, check out the article: 5 ways to cope with water scarcity.

Watch this space as we’ll be back next Thursday.

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