Thirsting for a Future - Water and children in a changing climate
On World Water Day (22 March) this year, we’re launching our report Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate. The report has new data on the number of children living in areas with limited water resources, and shows how climate change threatens to destroy, contaminate or dry up water supplies.
No one suffers more from a change in climate than a child. Their small bodies are vulnerable to the changes in the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat. For many children, a change in climate is felt through a change in water. In times of drought or flood, in areas where the sea level has risen or ice and snow have unseasonably melted, children are at risk, as the quality and quantity of water available to them is under threat. When disasters strike, they destroy or disrupt the water and sanitation services that children rely on. Climate change is contributing to a growing water crisis and putting the lives of millions of children at risk.