Nick Stern: WaterSpeak in Naturenomics™5.0

Clean water is the most precious of resources for survival; dirty water can be dangerous or lethal. Yet we manage clean water and waste water so carelessly in many countries. Managing it well, whether as a consumer or supplier, requires an understanding of its importance and, thus, basic education. Access to clean water and toilet facilities can be seen as basic rights. At the same time a scarce resource has a value. This tells us that good policy must have education, basic access and pricing at its core. All too often policy contains very little of all three. And we must recognise that the impacts of climate change through storms, Å oods, droughts and sea level rise, will make our water problems still more difÄ cult. It is time to place this most basic of resources at the centre of public policy and tackle waste and pollution head on.

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