Water Water Everywhere

by 2ndhandroses on 2013/07/05

Life Water Life Water

 

 

Did you turn on your tap today?

 

Enjoy a nice tall glass of clear, clean water?

 

Have a lovely warm shower?

 

Throw a load of laundry in?

 

Run your dishwasher?

 

Bathe your dog?  You child?

 

Consider yourself lucky.

 

For while we in western culture may enjoy this simple substance, even take it for granted, for many millions of folks around the world the concept of clean, useable water is quite foreign.

 

From to the Charity Water website, according to the WHO (World Health Organisation):

“Water and Sanitation is one of the primary drivers of public health. I often refer to it as “Health 101”, which means that once we can secure access to clean water and to adequate sanitation facilities for all people, irrespective of the difference in their living conditions, a huge battle against all kinds of diseases will be won.” —

Dr LEE Jong-wook, Director-General, World Health Organization.

 

Charity Water, an organization devoted to providing clean water to those with little to no access around the world, mentions on their site, that:

“Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.”

 

That’s stunning.  And totally unnecessary.

 

Access to clean water is a basic human right.  Seems simple enough of a concept for most folks to grasp.  But due to a myriad of situations, some more dire than others, millions of people yearly go without access to this absolute necessity.

 

The website, Resilience.org, also discusses the dire situation met on a daily basis for people around the world.

 

According to author Supriya Kumar, in the article, The Looming Threat of Water Scarcity, it is estimated that:

“…..by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, with almost half of the world living in conditions of water stress.”

 

This is unacceptable.

 

But what can you do if you live, like me, here in the Midwestern United States?

 

Simple.

 

Give up your birthday.

 

Or your wedding present.

 

Or your anniversary.

 

Take those funds that otherwise might be used towards something you really don’t need (or don’t want like an automatic carbonated soda dispenser) and ask your friends and relations to instead direct them to Charity Water.

 

It’s as easy as filling out a form online and linking it to your Facebook page, tweeting it, and emailing it to your friends and family.

 

You can pledge as little as a dollar for every year of your life (which is what I did), or even more if you so wish.

 

Every penny helps.

 

If you think I’m kidding, check out this story.

 

Or this one.

 

Every drop helps.

 

Blue Bubbles Blue Bubbles

 

 

 

I think we can all agree that being able to bathe one’s child or wash one’s clothes or drink water that won’t cause dysentery is fundamental to human existence.  Despite what a CEO of a major food company recently declared to the contrary,

 

Take a moment and look at all the taps in your house.

 

Be grateful for the water you use every day.

 

Now pay it forward.

 

“Water is the driving force of all nature.”  — Leonardo da Vinci

 

Photos courtesy Leovdworp and Jeff Hine of SXC.hu

 

 

 

 

Namaste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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