Watch this amazing video of Kumi Naidoo - the global head of Greenpeace and GCAP Ambassador - braving freezing water fired from water cannon to scale a massive Arctic oil rig. See the action and hear from Kumi about why he chose to make a brave personal stand against the madness of Arctic oil drilling.
As with all major disasters, the current global economic crisis hits people living in poverty the hardest - especially regarding water. As economies around the world face severe contraction, local and national governments are drastically cutting budgets for already underfunded building and repairing of water distribution and purification systems, as well as cleanup of polluted aquifers, wetlands, rivers, and other life-sustaining eco-systems. Unfortunately, too often this is concurrent with cuts in spending for healthcare and other social services. The combination can be particularly devastating to populations that are already underserved.
So writes Rick Ulfik, organizer of the “Make Waves for Change” event launching the Global Water Campaign today, in defining the current water crisis.
UN figures indicate that 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. More than 2.5 billion around the world are living without proper sanitation and this further jeopardizes the quality of their water.
Climate Action Network (CAN), - who Oxfam is a member of - held a press conference directly after the conclusion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference Press Conference Saturday 15 December 2007, in Bali Indonesia.