* More than 2.5x more people lack water than live in the U.S.(a)
* Every 21 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness.(a)
* More people have a cell phone than a toilet.(a)
* Lack of community involvement causes 50% of other projects to fail.(a)
* Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.(b)
*The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.(b)
Water is needed for our health, our food, and our sanitation. Water provides life and makes life possible. Without access to clean water people cannot live. To know that millions of people live without it is unacceptable. We must do everything we can.
To help in your community
- Conserve water at home. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth, take shorter showers, and fix leaky faucets.
- Use water wisely in your yard and for your garden. Create a rain water collection system like this one.
- Educate those around you. Speak with your neighbors and local business owners about the importance of conserving water. Speak with your local government officials about creating public education programs and plans on how the community can work together. Here is an excellent book you can download to share from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
To help others in rest of the world
Donate to reputable organizations. Do your research and donate your money, or time if possible, to charity organizations you feel comfortable with. The World as One Project will be covering some water-specific organizations in the next year, including Charity:Water. They have interesting campaigns to help you raise funds and send you updates to show where your money went to, such as building a well in a community that needs it.
Urge your government officials to take action. The lack of clean water, like many other issues in the world, is worth sharing with your states' representatives. Start a petition, talk with your neighbors, and get things moving!
“Water is an astonishingly complex and subtle force in an economy. It is the single constraint on the expansion of every city, and bankers and corporate executives have cited it as the only natural limit to economic growth.”
- Margaret Catley-Carlson, Vice-Chair, World Economic Forum (b)
(a) Water.org- Water Facts (top graphic)
(b) Charity:Water- Why Water?
Water Use It Wisely- 100 Ways to Conserve
Written by Sarah Frederick
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