another BAD blog…

 

My post today is part of Blog Action Day (BAD) which is held every year on October 15, when thousands of bloggers in more than 130 countries write about the same issue, with the hope that a global discussion will lead to collective action.  This year’s topic is water.

Climate change is forecast to disrupt rainfall patterns, leading to severe droughts and floods, and water shortages are going to be one of the world’s most pressing problems, yet here in California we still sell bathtubs as big as swimming pools, and continue to over-water our lawns.

Unfortunately about one billion people around the world still don’t have access to clean drinking water.

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Indonesian street vendors, fills their containers with clean water at a pump station in Jakarta, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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Did you know that unsafe water causes 80% of all sickness and disease like diarrhea, dysentery, parasites, typhoid, and kills more people than war?

Two buckets of “safe”water a day is the minimum a child needs to live, yet according to Unicef, 4,000 children die every day because they don’t even have that. In Sub-Saharan Africa 43 % of children drink unsafe water and 1 in 5 dies before their 5th birthday.

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A man bathes in a Jakarta slum, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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The above stats are very depressing, but thankfully organizations like Water.org and charity: water have come up with positive solutions to provide clean water for communities in the developing world by building and maintaining wells in remote villages.

“Even a homeless person in New York has access to clean water and toilets,” Scott Harrison, the founder of charity:water said. In four years he’s funded 2,906 water projects. “Some of the guys who were paying $350 for a bottle of vodka at my nightclub, are now buying wells.”

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People in the US drink an average of 200 bottles of water a day, 86% of which are not recycled. I wrote about it on April 22 2010. I hope more people will take my challenge and say “No to bottled water.” And also, “No to plastic bags.”

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A homeless child tries to drink water from a plastic container on a beach in Mumbai October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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4 Responses to another BAD blog…

  1. E fullstop says:

    A very timely topic that’s near and dear to my heart. My work is centered around water policy, and specifically around creating a reliable and sustainable water supply for the LA region through rainwater capture (both for infiltration to replenish aquifers and through harvesting/storage).

    Here’s an inspiring video from India on this very topic that I know you’ll enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWnhYIIKY0U

    • dearrosie says:

      Dear E fullstop,
      Thanks for sharing the video. I loved it!

      I’m so glad to hear that you’re working on rainwater capture in L.A. When it rains here it’s usually a heavy downpour, which rushes down our so-called L.A. River (hah!) straight to the ocean, which is such a waste that I ‘ve wondered why we aren’t doing something to capture it.

    • boris says:

      thank you for helping to keep this idea in our minds. there is much we could be thinking about and even act upon: replacing concrete driveways and parking lots with permeable paving or concrete, and voicing the issue of hardscape replacement with porous material at whatever level one has access; plant green walls and install green roofs that slow storm water’s progress over and down the sides of buildings into our overloaded sewer systems; harvest rainwater from the roofs of our homes (when we get it) etc. etc.

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