After being deprived of it for almost a century, Shoal Lake, a community on the Manitoba-Ontario border in Canada, finally got access to safe drinking water.
Due to the area’s issues, it has been on a water advisory since 1997. Around this week, finally, with the help of connecting the roads of the community.
The only way to get inside or outside the city was to cross the shoal lake was too expensive and made it hard to cross it. It also hindered the cost of construction material for building a water treatment plant.
The federal government walked out of the plan after looking at the construction cost.
Finally, in 2019 “the freedom road” was built, 24km long and an all-season road that connected the trans-Canada highway system and spurring construction.
The road ended the community’s problems of clean drinking water and the other water issues.
The federal government also settled on two class-action lawsuits with first nations communities. The suit promises to compensate residents, make sure the clean water infrastructure builds, and modernize legislation demanded by the first nations communities for decades.
A country like Canada, one of the wealthiest countries, faced issues to provide water to its communities was indeed a colossal failure, but it has upped its game.
The UN report
The water crisis is something the world is facing and the counties which are immune to it at the very moment are no longer run this way.
The recent un report indeed proves this. It was called the IPCC report by the United Nations on climate change, and it caused a lot of debate across the world.
The IPCC is an intergovernmental panel on climate change, and this has 195 governments across the globe. The UN set this up in 1988, where the UN environment program and the world metrological organization came together to take out reports on climate change.
The report that came out recently is the most comprehensive report the world has ever seen on climate change.
The report is 3949 pages long that looks at climate change around the globe. According to the website of IPCC, the mission is to provide global policymakers with periodic and scientific assessments of climate change to guide national and international policies.
The UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres has called this a ‘code red for humanity’. This code red for humanity report says that the average temperature across the earth will rise between 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius, and it’s going to happen a lot earlier than predicted, and that is likely to occur in the next 20 years.
We are warming faster than we thought we were, which means that the sea levels are rising more quickly, which means extreme weather conditions. Heatwaves and cold waves have become more frequent and more intense as we are already seeing it happening.
Cold waves have become less frequent and less severe every additional 0.5 degrees Celsius. So, half a degree Celsius of temperature goes up, the heat waves will intensify, and the same goes for floods and cyclones that used to happen once in 10 or 50 years.