A Manitoba lake. PLT photo.
Water is at the core of sustainable development. This year’s observance of World Water Day focuses on the links between water and energy. Both are critical for eradicating poverty. And they interact with each other in ways that can help — or hinder — our efforts to build stable societies and lives of dignity for all.
Climate change driven in great part by the unsustainable use of energy will exacerbate water stress and scarcity in many regions. Efforts to provide universal access to water and energy will be undermined if the current warming trend continues.
The many strong links between water and energy demand coherent, integrated policies and innovative strategies. Water must be used — and electricity must be generated and distributed — equitably and efficiently, so all users get a fair share.
These are the goals of the ongoing work of UN-Water and of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. These issues are also crucially important elements in our discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.
On World Water Day, let us pledge to develop the policies needed to ensure that sustainable water and energy are secured for the many and not just the few.
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Larry Powell Powell is a veteran, award-winning journalist based in Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Canada. He specializes in stories about agriculture and the environment. For decades, he worked for broadcast outlets in western Canada, including 5 years as Senior Editor for CBC Radio News in Saskatchewan. He is authorized to receive embargoed news releases on important, global stories, through the Science Media Centre of Canada, the Royal Society, Nature Research and the World Weather Attribution Network. He is a member of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists and is a past member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Three years ago, he joined an international team of writers providing articles for the Swiss-based online journal, “Focusing on Wildlife - celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth.” In June, 2014, he was a panelist at a world conference in Winnipeg entitled "Holding