Mr. Speaker, today is World Water Day, and as the National Geographic advises us, we are in a water crisis where the crisis is too much water in some places and not enough in others.
Studies by scientists have shown that between 1995 and 2015, 90% of all weather-related events, such as extreme weather events, floods, storms, heat waves, and droughts, were water-related events. Of the world’s large megacities, 14 out of 20 are now experiencing water scarcity.
The reality is that the water crisis runs in tandem with the climate crisis. As we operate in a state of cognitive dissonance, we all know that the climate crisis is real. Measures are being taken by the government but they are not close to enough to avoid the climate crisis.
Therefore, we need to wake up, we need to act, and we need to stand together and say that we stand with water protectors and that water is sacred.