What We Can Do: Global

Global Level

Water scarcity is a global problem that needs a global, unified solution. However (and as always) the reason the problem has not yet been solved boils down to money. The sheer amount of infrastructure and aid needed to ensure that the estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean water is staggering. A report by the Pacific Institute declares that over 34 million people may perish in the next twenty years alone by water-born sickness.

The failure here is in vision and drive. According to the same Pacific Institute report, hundreds of billions of dollars are needed to supply safe water worldwide. No single nation has that kind of capital just sitting in its back pocket. There are several options to pursue in the future to set the world on the path to proper hydration: privatization, "soft path" shorter-term efforts, and a dream of an effective global aid structure.

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