Today, over 4,000 bloggers from 130+ countries have signed up to spark a global discussion on a very important global issue – water. It’s called Blog Action Day. (Read more about it here & find other bloggers talking about it.)
- Over 1.1 billion people are without access to safe drinking water.
- Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
- About 4,500 children die each day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation facilities.
- On average, women and girls in developing countries walk 6 kilometers a day, carrying 20 liters of water, greatly reducing the time they have for other productive work or for girls to attend school.
- When a community gains access to clean water, its child mortality rate drops by half.
What About Me?
- The average American uses 100+ gallons of water per day
- Millions of the world’s poorest subsist on fewer than 5 gallons per day
- It takes 53 gallons to make every latte
- The average faucet uses about 4 gallons of water per minute (brushing your teeth with it running uses about 8-12 gallons of water)
- In the US we each drink an average of 200 bottles of water per year (17 million barrels of oil are needed to produce all the plastic water bottles we use in the U.S. each year — and, shockingly, 86 percent of them will never be recycled).
Clean water is definitely something we take for granted. Most of the time we don’t even notice how much we use. This is something we must become more aware of and we must work together to do something about.
And it is easy.
- Turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth or washing your dishes
- Take shorter showers
- Start using reusable water bottles
But what about those around the world who don’t have access to safe water? How can I help them?
- Did you know that it only takes $1 to provide clean water for 1 person for an entire year?
- Support amazing organizations who know what they are doing – like World Vision, Charity Water, and Blood Water Mission.
Those are 3 of my personal favorites. They are experts who know what they are doing. They have the experience and the reputation behind their work that you can trust.
Over the last 20 years, World Vision has brought clean water to more than 10 million people. Clearly, they know what they are doing.
So today, please read some more articles/posts about the issue of clean water, make a conscious effort to conserve what you use, and pick an organization to support financially as they bring safe, clean water to those around the world without it.
I’ll leave you with a great water video from World Vision:
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…” -Matthew 25:35