We shower, wash our cars, water our plants, do our dishes, drench our lawns, drink our 8 glasses… it is very easy to take water for granted. We can’t live without it yet 783 million people on this planet do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.
A child dies every 20 seconds from a water-related illness
Today is World Water Day when we bring awareness to this global crisis and support those suffering every single day deprived of clean water and adequate sanitation. 90% of the nearly 2 million deaths caused by diarrheal diseases each year from lack of proper sanitation are in children under the age of 5. It’s a problem even here in the United States, 8% of us do not have access to clean drinking water. We need to raise awareness today and every day. WaterDay.org would like everyone to post photos via Instagram with the hashtag #waterday in support of the cause. You can also help by donating and spreading the word, tweet this and post it to Facebook.
“The crisis of our diminishing water resources is just as severe (if less obviously immediate) as any wartime crisis we have ever faced. Our survival is just as much at stake as it was at the time of Pearl Harbor, or the Argonne, or Gettysburg, or Saratoga”
~Jim Wright, U.S. Representative, The Coming Water Famine, 1966