Pope Francis warns the world about a possible World War 3. The Pope stated that the world might be moving toward a major world war for water. His warning focused on effects of water scarcity around the world which could potentially lead to a world war. He made the warning at the concluding session of the international seminar on the human right to water. The event was held at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Scarcity of water might spark a World War 3
The pope asked the crowd, “I ask if in this piecemeal third world war that we are living through, are we not going toward a great world war for water?” Pope Francis departed from his prepared speech. Experts stated that there is a possibility of an arms race over the possession or even access to water. However, this is the first time that the Pontiff spoke about the issue.
The pope addressed the 90 experts coming from many countries. He emphasized on the urgent need to address the issue because all people have the right to safe drink water. Unfortunately, no one can guarantee that right today. The pope also cited a statistics from the United Nations, regarding the deaths of children due to water-related illnesses. Additionally, millions of people are consuming polluted water. The pope stated that the statistics are ‘troubling’ and people should not be indifferent to it.
The pontiff made the speech standing between Argentine chancellor Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo and Brazil’s Cardinal Claudio Hummes. The pope thanked the participants in sharing their knowledge as well as resources on the human rights for safe water. Pope Francis addressed the need to have suitable public policies which is important so other people can live.
‘Where there is water there is life’
The pope recalled that the book of Genesis mentioned that the water was in the beginning. He said, “Because where there is water there is life, making it possible for societies to arise and advance.” The pope added, “because our common home needs to be protected.” The pope spoke about his own life experience in Buenos Aires. He also reiterated that not all water is life-giving, but only water that is has a good quality and safe.
The fears of the pope are not unwarranted since a February 2017 report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stated that groundwater sources are depleting rapidly. Humanity’s ability to sustain life will be problematic due to the scarcity of natural sources and the changing climate.
In conclusion, the pontiff stated that “selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity,” leading to “both to the misuse of available natural resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged.” If the scarcity continues, the desperation for survival will begin. One nation will rise to gain control over resources while others would fight and defend their own resources.