Save Our Climate, Save Our Water

Water Tech Wednesday #8


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On October 8 of 2018, the United Nations (UN) posted an article that “should be heard around the world as an ‘ear-splitting wake-up call’” in regards to our current climate conditions. Global temperatures are inching closer to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, and scientists have been scrambling to find solutions as the consequences of humanity’s green footprint are not letting up. Half a degree might not sound like much, but the measurement carries more weight for the future of our world than many of us are aware.

Wine To Water recognizes the detrimental effect that global warming has not only on the world, but on the water crisis as well. From droughts in Africa to hurricanes in the United States, people and water sources alike are being put at serious risk as global temperatures rise.

According to one Scientific American article, climate change and its own enablers play major roles in contributing to water scarcity on a global scale. Rivers and lakes are polluted by much of the same activities contributing to global warming, while areas affected by droughts and floods are either left completely without water or with limited, contaminated sources.

In areas like South America, Nepal, and Africa, Wine To Water has witnessed the effects of droughts and floods. Our field teams have also confronted the devastation of hurricanes in areas like the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The fact is that all of Wine To Water’s work is intimately tied into responding to global warming. The water crisis is only made more difficult with the pressures put on natural resources by climate change, which increases the need for us to establish solutions that consider local resources, conservation practices, and sustainability.

It is difficult to discuss global warming, or the global water crisis, without acknowledging that they are intimately entwined and in some ways have to be addressed together. At Wine To Water, our programs are always looking for sustainable and community-driven ways to address these issues.
— David Cuthbert, CEO
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Although it seems eminent that our climate will reach 1.5°C, scientists are pleading with the population to take the necessary measures to prevent global warming from reaching a full 2°C. In fact, the current goal of the UN is to limit our climate to 1.5°C, as it would be the lesser of two evils. According to the UN: “...by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C.” In addition, coral reefs would become extinct at 2°C, while some would still survive at 1.5°C.

According to scientists, this limitation on global warming is possible. However, the world will have to act much faster and with more urgency than it is currently responding. To save our climate, major changes will need to be made in the use of land, energy, industry, and transportation.

Wine To Water feels this urgency in the communities we serve alongside across the world. As the quality of life around the globe continues to be threatened by this epidemic, it is time to not only respond to the aftermath, but to take preventive steps to improve the lives of generations to come.

We hope you take those steps with us.

Carsyn Bernhardt
W|W Writing Fellow


Carsyn Bernhardt