Water and Security
Why It Matters
Environmental Security is National Security
Protecting the environment means protecting ourselves. When people lack enough food, water, or natural resources to thrive, instability may ensue. Recognizing that social harmony and economic stability are connected to the conservation of our natural resource base is key to national security.
Water has significant consequences for the United States’ economic surivival. It has critical linkages to every business sector from energy to agriculture and is a primary factor for creating and maintaining economic stability in regions important to US interests across the globe.
Water Scarcity Fuels Migration
Water pollution and inadequate or unsustainable access to water severely degrades quality of life and pushes people to the brink. People living in water-insecure places may be forced to migrate in search of water-rich lands, within country borders or beyond. In some places, such migration puts additional pressure on already strapped natural resources, contributing to social and ultimately economic conflicts.