“Climate change affects the environment negatively which in turn affects health, water & sanitation.”
Cause Overview – Why This Cause?
The health of the world is directly linked to the development of the world. So global health is directly linked to sustainable development. However, the environment, climate change, clean water and sanitation also impact the health of people and invariably affects sustainable development. Once any of them is impacting sustainable development, it means that the rest of the SDGs are also being affected.
A lot of progress has been made in terms of ensuring good health. But to achieve the expected goals of SDG 3, multisectoral, rights-based and gender-sensitive approaches are required to address inequalities and to build good health for all.
Water goes with sanitation. Where there are sanitation problems, water is most likely to be affected and vice versa. In 2015, 4.5 billion people lacked safely managed sanitation services (with adequately disposed or treated excreta) and 2.3 billion lacked even basic sanitation. At the moment, 40% of the global population have been affected, and with the negative impact of climate change increasing global temperatures, this alarming figure has been projected to rise with the temperature increase. At the moment, greenhouse gas emissions are more than 50% higher than they were in 1990.
Read about these SDGs.
Why Have We Decided To Partake In This Cause?
As future leaders of the world, we see it as a responsibility to protect anything that tries to harm the environment and the future for that matter. Climate change is a real threat and needs to be checked. Taking action to safeguard health and water as well as against climate change, will directly contribute not only to these three Sustainable Development Goals, but also to the other SDGs as well.
Taking action in this regard will also bring about a lot of positive economic impact.
- Bold climate action could trigger at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits by 2030.
- The energy sector alone will create around 18 million more jobs by 2030, focused specifically on sustainable energy.
The annual average economic losses from climate-related disasters are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. This is not to mention the human impact of geo-physical disasters, which are 91% climate-related. Between 1998 and 2017 these disasters killed 1.3 million people, and left 4.4 billion injured.
It is still possible, with strong political will, increased investment, and using existing technology, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, aiming at 1.5°C, but this requires urgent and ambitious collective action.
Today, The Telescope International invites you to join us to touch lives and make impact together. Our resolve is strong and so is our commitment to see that the objectives of this cause are achieved and great impact is also made in the lives of the community members. However, the more hands we have on deck, the more the impact we can make and the more lives we can touch. Join us or support us and let’s achieve the successes together.
You can also join our efforts and take action by doing any or a combination of the following: