Topic: Access to Water
Delegate: Ashley Moulton
School: Williamston High School
Access to clean water has been an extremely prominent struggle throughout history. Today, it is estimated that over 1 billion people experience some form of water scarcity on a daily basis. This is caused by the lack of access to adequate sanitation facilities partnered with the increase of severe droughts and floods caused by climate change, which is damaging the already small amount of fresh water available. Accessible water is a basic human right, everyone should be able to readily obtain water without enormous and unrealistic sacrifices.
In 2008, Denmark founded the State of Green, a non-profit, public-private partnership that fosters relations with international stakeholders interested in discussing their environmental challenges and brings into play relevant Danish solutions that enable the transition to a greener future. So far, countries such as Vietnam, China, Japan, The United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden, as well as large companies such as Google partnered with the State of Green coming up with plans to reduce their carbon footprint and preserve their natural resources. In the case of water accessibility, the State of Green has worked to create sustainable ways of conserving water using new advanced technology that detects water leakages in factories. They also are tackling the contamination of water as well as treating wastewater to be used again. However, the largest effort the State of Green has made is the exploration and gathering of groundwater to use as the main source of clean water to preserve the freshwater above ground.
Denmark’s environmental footprint and economy have greatly benefited from the water accessibility plans implemented by the State of Green and encourages the countries of the UN to come together and partner with the State of Green as well as brainstorm more ideas on with everyone’s help and participation, The UN can provide clean water for our growing population and protect our natural resources.
- Ashley Moulton