Did you know...
~884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people.~3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.
~The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
~Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
~Children in poor environments often carry 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at any time.
~In the developing world, 24,000 children under the age of five die every day from preventable causes like diarrhea contracted from unclean water.
~1.4 million children die as a result of diarrhea each year.
How can these facts be true? I can walk across my kitchen and turn on my sink to get clean water at any time of the day or night? Why have I not ever realized these facts? What can I do? How can I make a difference?
The children that are dying these atrocious deaths are not any different from my 7 year old, 5 year old, 3 year old, and newborn boys. They were simply born to a different mother in a different location. Having not been a huge environmentalist in the past, I feel guilt over my carelessness. I wish to learn more about what can be done and vow to behold a different thought process. I will spend more time thinking about the steps (although small) I can take to make a difference, rather than the next chance I can get to drift in my beloved water.
I am not, by any means, the first person to begin to think about this global issue. There are so many that have thought about these issues day in and day out. This is a new nirvana for me. But, with small steps by all of us, we can try to preserve the world's water supply. I have generally thought, "Oh, that is not my problem." But, in fact, it is my problem...it is a problem of mankind. With helpful preservation tips, I can hopefully make a difference for my children.
So, where can I start? As individuals, we can all rein in our own water use to help conserve what is becoming an ever more precious resource. We can hold off on watering our lawns in times of drought. When it does rain, we can gather gutter water in barrels to feed garden hoses and sprinklers. We can turn off the faucet while we brush our teeth or shave, and take shorter showers (urrgghh, can I really do this?). As Sandra Postel concludes, “Doing more with less is the first and easiest step along the path toward water security.”
I pledge to you today, I will try so hard to do more with less!
P.S. ...Could this the beginning of a trend for all other things in my life???
My dream pool for the backyard...I know The Committee would say, "Keep on dreamin' sista!"