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