BlogAction Day 2010: water

This post does not relate to the Lausanne Congress, but it does pertain to the needs of people around the world. Today is the 2010 BlogAction Day, when thousands of bloggers from over 125 different countries are coming together to write about water issues in their communities and around the world.  The goal is to create awareness and to educate people on an issue that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

A friend of mine from college, Pam, is the Africa field director for Blood:Water Mission.   http://www.bloodwatermission.com.  She is one of the few who is proactively finding ways to make water available to the communities of Africa.  Read her stories:
http://pamthenomad.com.

What role can we play with her?

Here are some facts:

Do you know that unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war?

The problem of scarce clean water:

(if you want to know where I got this information, or want a listing of my sources let me know)

Nearly 1 billion people lack access to clean water, which causes a litany of struggles, diseases and even death.

40 Billion Hours: African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is usually still not safe to drink.

38,000 Children a Week: Every week, nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.

Wars Over Water: Many scholars attribute the conflict in Darfur at least in part to lack of access to water. A report commissioned by the UN found that in the 21st century, water scarcity will become one of the leading causes of conflict in Africa.

A Human Right: In July, to address the water crisis, the United Nations declared access to clean water and sanitation a human right over. But we are far from implementing solutions to secure basic access to safe drinking water.

Water solutions:

The good news is that there are great organizations working on solutions and new tools that empower people to do their part to address the water crisis.

Building Wells: Organizations like Water.org and charity: water are leading the charge in bringing fresh water to communities in the developing world.

Conservation Starts at Home: The average person uses 465 liters of water per day. Find out how much you use and challenge your readers to do that same.

Keeping Rivers Clean: We can all take small steps to help keep pollution out of our rivers and streams, like correctly disposing of household wastes.

Drop the Bottle: Communities around the world are taking steps to reduce water bottle waste by eliminating bottled water.

Learn more about Blood:Water Mission and look for ways you can be involved.

Be part of the solution.

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