By Ulises Tuero Rodríguez
The rights to drinking water and sanitation are essential to achieve other fundamental rights, such as the right to life, liberty and dignity. Reality shows an increasing scarcity of water resources for human consumption, which affects poor populations to a greater extent.
Africa, Latin America and Asia are the three continents where water pollution has increased the most. UNEP warns that this leads to a possible increase in inequality, since it has greater consequences for the most vulnerable people, such as women, children and the elderly.
Many people are fighting to make access to clean and sanitary water a reality for all human beings. The NGO Oxfam Intermón organizes Trailwalker races to try to change the situation. The tests are aimed at raising money to fight against the lack of access to clean water and against poverty.
The challenge of the Trailwalkers is of a solidary and cooperative nature, so the NGO does not consider them as competitions. The teams "receive the award of helping thousands of hungry people around the world with their kilometers" and a medal from the Oxfam Intermón fair trade cooperative, according to the organization's website.
The goal of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to drinking water was reached and exceeded in 2010. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.6 billion people have gained access to a source of drinking water since 1990. In large part thanks to actions like those of Oxfam Intermón and to those who fight to achieve the right to water for everyone.