Giving Compass’ Take:
• Pope Francis is advocating that the importance of free and safe drinking water around the world should be a human right. Access to clean water remains a glaring source of poverty as 30% of the global population lacks access and 60% lack access to adequate sanitation systems.
• How can donors fund organizations and make efforts towards our water security crisis? How can politicians do the same? What new innovations are being created to ensure clean water for developing countries?
• Learn about the UN’s plan for water safety and accessibility.
Pope Francis lambasted unequal access to safe drinking water at a water management conference on Thursday in Rome, according to ABC News.
The pope said that it was “enormously shameful” that people die from easily preventable waterborne diseases and that the trend toward the privatization of water is “incompatible” with the human right to clean water.
“Water is essential for life,” Pope Francis said at the Pontifical Urban University. “In many parts of the world, our brothers and sisters cannot have a dignified life because of the lack of access to clean water.”
“The dramatic statistics of thirst, especially the situation of those people who get sick and often die because of unhealthy water, is a huge shame for the humanity of the 21st century,” Pope Francis added.
Read the full article about clean water access by Joe McCarthy and Erica Sanchez at Global Citizen.
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