249. Dionisio Gutiérrez: No water, no life

June 07, 2023
246. Dionisio Gutiérrez: Las Redes, acercan, pero alejan, construyen, pero destruyen

Editorial of the Razón de Estado program number  249


The water crisis is already considered a threat to sustainable development and global peace.

Lack of access to clean water kills thousands of people every day. Most of them are children.

Access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation is a fundamental human right. The current situation and projections require a global, decisive, and coordinated response.

Water is the source of life. It should not and cannot be a source of conflict. All human beings should have access to it.

The water crisis is one of the afflictions of underdevelopment. It is assumed that there is enough water for everyone, but lack of planning, governmental incapacity, and corruption have been the common denominator of this misfortune in extensive geographical areas across various continents.

This crisis is aggravated by the lack of infrastructure, pollution, and misuse, making water hard to get for millions of human beings.

Governments, first and foremost, because it is their responsibility, but also NGOs and companies worldwide, must make extraordinary efforts to ensure water accessibility, especially for vulnerable communities.

In Latin America, the scarcity of water caused by bad politicians and even worse governments is aggravated by climate change, deforestation, industrial, agricultural, and domestic pollution, population growth, and disorganized urbanization.

These destructive dynamics not only increase tensions and social and political conflicts but also have negative impacts on health, food security, and environmental stability.

Water is the most valuable resource on the planet and can be accessible to everyone, but we must promote sustainable practices, protect our water sources, and encourage responsible use to aspire to a prosperous and sustainable future.

Technology will take us to unexpected places to access water, but while we get there, our individual and collective actions are crucial for its availability in the present.

Throughout history, from cavemen onwards, water has been, first and foremost, the critical factor for the development and evolution of the human species. Let's take care of it.