Water is so easy to take for granted in this country. Clean water comes out of almost every tap, we have fountains in parks, sidewalks and office buildings. We can take a hot shower anytime of day.
This is not a reality in many parts of this world
Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
But, water moves beyond just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue, an animal welfare issue, a sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, deserving a global conversation.
Source: Blog Action Day at Change.org
Annie Leonard made this excellent video on bottled water.
We stopped buying bottled water almost a year ago. We keep refillable bottles in our van and backpacks to remind ourselves to use the tap instead of forking over the $2 for a bottle. Today, I donated $25 of the money we saved to water.org to help another person gain access to clean drinking water. Even though our budget is tight, I feel it is important to model giving to my children. They need to learn that we may be middle class here, but to millions, we alive like kings.
“The dignity of a toilet” breaks my heart.