“It’s possible to finance the drinking water supply in the majority of countries worldwide by the year 2030,” says Dr. Michael Jacob, lead author of the study from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin. In India alone, a carbon tax would generate around 115 billion US dollars a year, ”and only a fraction of that would be needed for clean water, meaning that enough money would remain for sanitation and electricity,” said the researcher. In fact, the needed infrastructure for this second largest country of the world would consume only about four percent of the revenue from the tax. Continue reading
Nigeria ranks 133rd out of the 180 countries surveyed for the 2016 environmental performance index. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) provides a global view of environmental performance and country by country metrics to inform decision-making. The EPI was launched at the World Economic Forum, is in its 15th year and more relevant than ever to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and carrying out the recent international climate change agreement. Continue reading
The global goal 6 is to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. Many of us don’t think twice about turning on a tap to get clean water, but for 750 million people worldwide that’s not an option. And incredibly, more people have access to a mobile phone than a toilet – a staggering 2.5 billion don’t have decent sanitation facilities. Continue reading
An inexpensive and easy to maintain “green toilet” is set to be trialled in Ghana this year 2016. This remarkable toilet uses no water but can convert human waste into cheap electricity and clean water. Spurred on by the Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet challenge, a team of engineers and designers from Cranfield University in the UK created what has been dubbed the “Nano Membrane Toilet.” Continue reading
The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. The SDGs follow, and expand on, the millennium development goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2000, and are due to expire at the end of this year. The countdown has begun to September’s 2015 summit on the sustainable development goals, with national governments now discussing the 17 goals that could transform the world by 2030. Continue reading
On 15th July 2015, my name was presented to the UK Government on a petition of 115,056 signatures asking them to support a Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation. Back in March 2015 when WaterAid UK launched the #MakeItHappen petition, they were hoping for 100,000 signatures – it seemed ambitious at the time, but I helped in exceeding all their expectations! This is because of my passion for clean water and sanitation and also because of over 100,000 people like me who are concerned about clean water and sanitation.
And it wasn’t just any old petition hand-in. To make sure it really stuck in the minds of decision-makers, WaterAid Uk were outside the UK Parliament, where they invited the parliament to experience a time when sanitation was the hot topic in Westminster – the ‘Great Stink’ of 1858.
There was an incredible turnout of over 100 MPs and Lords who came back to Victorian London to be reminded of the day when Parliament took action to end the sanitation crisis here in the UK – a pioneering decision which transformed all of our lives. Thanks to everyone else who signed the petition, they were left in no doubt that the British public want to see them show the same initiative to end the global sanitation crisis today.
We kicked up a stink, and it was all thanks to you – we were so proud to represent you all – WaterAid UK
The Sustainable Development Goals won’t be announced until the end of September but the final negotiations will be going on over the summer so the timing of the event was critical. I’m glad we could make this possible.