One of the greatest lessons of the pandemic is that we can meet the challenges of existential threats when we combine the collective power of our creativity, innovation and industry. As the climate crisis worsens, we need to address protecting and preserving water with the same urgency that we put into creating vaccines. We need to act like lives are hanging in the balance—because they are. Water is already shaping our politics, our economy and our national security too.
- Written by José Andrés, a chef, activist and creator of the documentary Undiscovered Haiti, and Caryl Stern, executive director of the Walton Family Foundation