Other than its necessity for survival, water is a powerful tool to transform lives of the people. Without water it is very difficult to sustain societies and economies. Nearly, all jobs in the world depends on water and it is important to realise how enough quantity and quality of water can change lives of people. Estimates suggests that today nearly 1.5 billion people work in water related sectors. This is almost half of the global workforce.
Fiinovation complaints that despite this yet millions of people who are often not recognised or protected by basic labour laws. Therefore, there is a need to raise awareness among the people and urge governments to take action to improve access to freshwater. Also, keeping in mind that water crisis will create unrests across the world, it is vital that there is increased investments towards water conservation. This will also generate more jobs for the people in water related sectors.
It has been more than two decades since the World Water Day was formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the Rio climate summit in 1992. It was designated by UNGA in 1993 and every year it focused on different issues related to water. This year the theme is “Water And Jobs”. Fiinovation comprehends that water is central to human survival, the environment and the economy. While a decent work can provide income and pave the way for broader social and economic advancements. This is how both are connected to each other. Improve access to water resources, increases opportunities for better jobs.
The government of India is planning to increase water conservation and irrigation initiatives in India to not only improve access of water but also reduce the rural distress. It has also planned to increase water conservation efforts from MGNREGA and plans to irrigate 100 lakh hectares of land. The depletion of ground water in the urban areas is another issue. Rain water harvesting needs to be promoted in the cities and the water bodies needs to be protected.
India is likely to become a water scarce nation by 2025. In order to ensure there is lesser burden on people, India requires sustainable mechanisms to be established. We must understand that water is the most important resource for mankind, cross-cutting all social, economic and environmental activities. It is a condition for all life on earth, an enabling or limiting factor for any social and technological development, a possible source of welfare or misery, cooperation or conflict.
Let’s save it!
By Rahul Choudhury
Media & Communications, Fiinovation