Greenpeace has warned that the climate change and water crisis could hit us in 2030 and beyond.
It said that while the world has managed to make progress in tackling water scarcity in many parts of the world, the world is failing to take action to protect vulnerable populations.
The international group said that in addition to water shortages, people are also being left behind by global warming and climate change is now affecting food security.
It also highlighted the fact that water scarcity is now a major cause of extreme weather, including droughts, heatwaves, floods, and extreme weather events.
The group said this was already occurring in many countries and could continue to do so.
It warned that this could lead to widespread food insecurity and extreme food price increases.
It added that this situation could be exacerbated by the loss of coastal wetlands and coastal cities.
It described water shortages as “a defining moment” in human history and said the world could be facing a “watershed” by 2030.
Greenpeace Ireland chief executive, Paul Connolly, said the global threat of water scarcity would be a major factor in the 2030s.
Mr Connolly said: “There’s already been a tipping point.
If we don’t act now we will face an unprecedented water crisis and, of course, it will be in the most vulnerable areas.”
He said the “water wars” between governments and corporations were creating a “very dangerous” climate change crisis.
Mr Flanagan said the water crisis was an “existential threat” and that the world needed to take it on board.
The chief executive of Greenpeace Ireland, Paul Flanagan, said that global water shortages are already a defining moment in human life and that we need to “take it onboard”.
“The time is now for action to stop climate change from harming the water resources of the planet,” he said.
Mr Donnelly said the group had recently published a report that highlighted the threat of climate change in the world and the need to do more to address it.
He said that the water problems faced by people around the world are due to pollution and lack of water resources, which are also “very damaging to our health”.
“We have a lot of work to do but it’s also the right time to get to work,” he added.
Mr Donaghy said that this was “the most significant threat” to the planet that the global community was facing and it was important to be “active” to protect the world from it.
The Irish Water company said it was working closely with environmental groups to create a plan to tackle water shortages and water pollution.
Mr Dolan said the report also called for an urgent and comprehensive approach to water issues that would “reduce the risks to life, the environment and the economy”.
“I believe that action on the water is the only way we will be able to protect and preserve the Earth for future generations,” he told the programme.
He added that it was essential to take water conservation seriously and that this would include the development of alternative and renewable energy sources.
Mr Corky said the Irish Water crisis is already impacting the lives of millions of people and would worsen if the world did not act quickly.
“There is no question the global water crisis is an existential threat,” he commented.
“It’s a huge threat to humanity.
It’s not just for the Irish people but for the entire world.”
The Irish Independent