Blog Action Day: World Water Crisis

 

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Did you know that one billion people in the world do not have access to clean, drinkable water?

African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is usually still not safe to drink.

Every day, 2 million tons of human waste are disposed of in water sources. This not only negatively impacts the environment but also harms the health of surrounding communities

In North America, the average person uses 350 liters of water per day; the average person in Sub-Saharan Africa uses 10-20 liters.

By 2025, the United Nations predicts 3 billion people will be scrambling for clean water.

Shocking, isn’t it? Humbling too.

My point though isn’t to throw out numbers and depressing facts, but to help direct your attention to ways you can get involved and help now that you are informed.

Today is Blog Action Day 2010, where thousands of bloggers around the world are focusing on the issue of clean water as a human right. I can’t pretend I’m an expert on water, but living in a desert state, I know first hand what a precious resource it is and I wanted to participate in this wonderful event and spread the news too.

One of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals is to half the amount of people without decent sanitation and water by 2015.No one should have to go without clean water. No one should die from easily preventable water-related diseases.

Once you have the truth, it is your duty to use that knowledge to make a difference. There are a number of ways to address the global water crisis, but one easy way is to donate your money towards clean water projects in developing countries.

Drilling a well can cost from $4,000 – $ 12,000 and many living in the community live on less than $1 a day

Please help me support these projects by donating to my 20th birthday campaign for the non-profit organization, Charity Water.

$20 means one person can get clean water for 20 years.

$250 means two families of six can get clean water.

$5,000 means clean water for a community of 250.

My goal is $200, but I’m aiming low so that I can be pleasantly surprised when we raise a lot more:)

The International Rescue Committee has a number of very informative posts that I recommend for further education on water.

Former Secretary General of the U.N. Kofi Annan once said, “The right to development is the measure of the respect of all other human rights. That should be our aim: a situation in which all individuals are enabled to maximize their potential, and to contribute to the evolution of society as a whole.”

Thanks for joining me.

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