Target: Barbara Frost, chief executive of Water Aid
Goal: Increase water security-related aid to Ethiopia in light of the country’s lack of access to clean water and other forms of sanitation.
The African country of Ethiopia, while more prosperous than it was 10 or 50 years ago, remains one of the most poverty-stricken countries in the world. And with poverty, of course, comes a lack of higher living standards. This manifests itself in an alarming lack of access to clean water throughout the nation—though especially pronounced in rural areas.
Ethiopia’s climate vulnerability is high, and much of this vulnerability is related to its lack of reliable and clean water resources. This vulnerability has only risen in recent years, with a notable increase occurring between 2000 and 2014. This speaks to the fact that the increasing incidence and intensity of droughts worldwide spells disaster for African nations, many of which have fragile agricultural and water distribution systems at best. It is also worth noting that many African nations, while contributing the least to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions, are poised to suffer the most because of it.
For 1 billion people around the world, safe water is scarce, and for as many as 58 percent of Ethiopians regular access to this essential resource is nonexistent. Ethiopia deserves a better water distribution system, and ready access to an abundance of clean water for all people, regardless of location or economic class.
Water should be a basic right for all human beings, not a privilege. Sign the petition below to ask for more aid to Ethiopians in need.
Dear Ms. Frost,
Please urge Water Aid to increase its water-security related aid to Ethiopia. This country remains one of the most destitute in the world in terms of access to clean water resources and sanitation, with as many as 58 percent of Ethiopians lacking access to this essential resource.
While Ethiopia is more prosperous than it was 50 or even 10 years ago, it remains incredibly vulnerable to the water-sapping effects of climate change — which are only poised to become much worse in the future — in comparison to most other nations. This speaks to the fact that, in light of an already fragile agricultural and water distribution system, Ethiopia must have more aid to deal with the oncoming effects of an increasing number of more-intense droughts.
Climate change has barely been caused by poorer African nations like Ethiopia. Richer, developed nations share most of the blame for it — with much higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions coming from countries like the U.S. and China — and yet Africa is poised to suffer much more because of those emissions than the nations to blame.
Recognizing this fact, we must help Ethiopia manage its water resources effectively and work to provide an abundant clean water supply to all Ethiopians.
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