Today is Blog Action Day 2010, a day where bloggers unite to write about the same issue. This year the topic is Water. You might have seen the petition at the top of my blog, please take a moment to read it and if you agree please sign it. We take water for granted in most places in the world, but according to change.org there are currently 1 billion people who lack access to clean water. 1 billion people who don’t have the luxury of safe, clean water that we do. Millions of people die because they don’t have the easy access to water that industrialized countries do. It’s estimated that every week 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water and unsanitary living conditions. 38,000 children a week.
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732
In 2010, bloggers around the world united to write about the same global issue, Water (see below Blog Action Day post originally published 10/15/2010). John Hawthorne’s 2016 article 4 Stark Realities of the Global Water Crisis reminds all of us that this issue is not going away. How has your water footprint changed since then? Did the water crisis in Flint, Michigan change how you view your consumption?
In industrialized countries we often don’t think about water. We open the tap, over-consume, drink on average 200 bottles of bottled water per year, buy lots of new stuff we often don’t need (which takes gallons and gallons of water to produce), and overuse power on a regular basis.
Small changes. Drink tap water out of reusable bottles. Donate to organizations that change lives by giving people access to clean, safe water. Be aware that purchases you make take a lot of water to produce. Buy gently used clothes and home goods rather than buying new. Use less power. Correctly dispose of household waste which keeps rivers and streams clean. Empower others to address the water crisis. Address the water crisis yourself.
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