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Many people want to build their legacies for the next generation. But today I can tell you that you don’t need to be a person of success, you don’t need to be a wealthy man, but you may just have a kind heart joining and supporting and doing something good that contributes to the society, the society that many people are still living under extreme poverty around the world, the society that largely people still don’t have enough food to eat or even water to drink, the society that needs everyone, including us to take part and make a difference.

Admittedly, we shall acknowledge the paramount importance of water as water is vital in every aspect of every living things in every circumstance on earth. It is therefore the fundamental catalyst to survive for human being lives. On the top of that, water shortage has significantly laid down the challenges for combating with extreme poverty and hunger where the poor can hardly access to water. And lastly, it would certainly impact on the entire country economic performance.

Among 70% of the earth surface is covered by a large waterbody, but there is only 2.5% that is freshwater. In addition, there is only 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible, but there are much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields. In this sense, there is only 0.007 percent of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people. [1]


The most important thing is in 2030 Water Resources Group stated that “with the total annual sustainable freshwater supply remaining static at 4,200 billion cubic meters, the annual deficit for 2030 is forecasted to be 2,765 billion cubic meters. India and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are forecasted to have a combined shortfall of 1,000 billion cubic meters —reflecting shortfalls of 50% and 25%, respectively.” [2]

While the future fresh water supply will be shortfall, China and India have huge population on earth and the number of its population is rapidly increasing, so from this data, we can imagine that how many people are going to suffer because of water shortage. This problem will not happen only in China or India, but a wider world.

Common sense seems to dictate that in every single drop of water is extremely important for life. People can obviously live without luxury car, without iPhone, but not water. The average person can go for three weeks without food, but only three days without water. More importantly, the diseases related to contaminated water kill nearly 2 million people every year around the world. [3]

In this sense, what should we do to address on that issue?

Public Education (Immediate Approach): 

The idea of this approach is to rise the awareness, to draw the attentions, and to make the public understands the importance of water for their daily lives in every aspect. In this light, the public advertisement campaign is very essential and effective and timely through various means of mass medias. While as the same time, the policy also designs to encourage people to build up their networks sharing the common concerns, seeking for further crosscutting cooperation, participating in various programs related. More importantly, this public educational approach encourages an individual to save water as much as he or she can do in daily life.

Adaptive Capacity (long term approach):

The government shall set their development targets to improve on the adaptive capacity which mainly concentrated on Infrastructure (Road Density and Communication) to make sure people from remote areas are connecting, Technology (Electricity and Extent of Irrigations) to make sure people have met basic needs, and Socio-economics (Human Development Index: Standard of living, Longevity, and education). [4]

Before ending, I would like to quote a sentence said by Albert Einstein, “Try not to be a man of success, but rather to be a man of value.” I strongly believe that a small change can make a big difference for tomorrow. Therefore, today I call for your support our policy and join with us to fight against with water shortage by starting to save water from your daily life. For instance, save water when flushing toilet, turn off the tap when brushing teeth or use cup, and other easy tips.

Seoul, July 30, 2014

Khov Ea Hai


[1] “Environment, Fresh Water,” Fresh Water Crisis, National Geography, accessed on July 27, 2014, available at (http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/freshwater-crisis/)

[2] “Thinking about Water Differently: Managing the Water-Food-Energy Nexus,” Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines, 2013.

[3]  “Why is it important?” Fresh Water, Conservation International Organisation, accessed July 27, 2014, available at (http://www.conservation.org/what/pages/fresh-water.aspx?gclid=CKf2ioXC5b8CFYKVvQodj5MAyw)

[4] Yeonjoo Kim, “Climate Change Vulerabilities and Countermeasures in Water Resources Management,” Korea Environment Institute, July 30, 2014


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