Global challenges can impact each other in many ways. The situation for many women in the world, access to water and education are connected. On average, 125 million hours are spent collecting water by women and children every day. 

The situation for many women in the world is directly connected to water and sanitation. In several countries, women are in fear of leaking their privacy, and then forced to wait until dark to relieve themselves. This can affect their health and safety. More than half of the world´s primary schools do not have proper sanitation, and here we see an important connection between education, water and the situation for women. In schools that lack sanitation and clean water, girls usually drop out when they reach puberty. This is a problem for their education. Toilets should be mandatory in a school.

Every hour spent fetching water is an hour less of school. The people who collect water are mostly girls and women. Many girls do not have time for their education, because they are occupied with fetching water. However, water is a human right. 80% of all diseases and deaths in the developing world can be connected to the lack of clean water. Ten-year-old Violet mentioned in the text, has to collect water every day for the family´s survival, not for her own education.

The text Thirst, written by Max Andrew Dubinsky makes the importance of water sound even more important. I liked how the author made me picture water as a role, for instance when Johnny told Carly that he loved her. “That’s just water talking.” Furthermore, the characters in the text try to forget about the water problem and live their life normally, but water is such a big part of their lives, and the issue can´t be unseen. How their showers were limited, how they dug ditches in their backyardsand how theywere begging God to give them rain, makes us understand the importance of water.



Thirst – text


The UN sustainable development goals are a collection of seventeen goals including to eradicate poverty, fight inequalities and stop the climatic changes by 2030. In this text, I have chosen to go in depth about “Clean water and sanitation” and “Climate action”. I think these are some of the most important development goals, and I wanted to learn more about them. They also have great impact on everyone on Earth.



Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”

Water and sanitation are at the very core of sustainable development. Everyone must have access to clean water if we are going to achieve a sustainable development, and it is an essential part of the world we want to live in. The thing is, there is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to bad economy and poor infrastructure, every year millions of people die from diseases caused by dirty water and bad sanitation. Most of them are children under the age of five. Significant progress has been made in ensuring access to toilets for all. However, the development has gone too slowly.

There is enough water on Earth for everyone to use, but it is unfairly distributed. We can not help everyone, but we can help someone.



 “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact”

Climate changes is a global question and takes global solutions. In addition to reducing emissions and catching and storing CO2, we also have to think about renewable energy and other clean energy. Researchers in the UN’s climate panel believe that two-degree rise in temperature is the limit of what our nature can take. If the temperature rises more than that, climate change will be uncontrollable.

The sustainable goals were not meant for one person to fulfill, and were not meant to be fulfilled in a week. Everyone has to help. We can collect trash, we can influence others to collect trash, and they can influence other people to do the same thing. We have to stop taking everything we have for granted. Someone would have loved drinking the glass of water you just emptied out in the sink.