I am not usually a joiner. I wasn't on the pep squad and I didn't argue for the debate team, but when I saw that Clean Water Access was the cause of choice for this year's Blog Action Day, I knew it was important to get involved.
Working for a food company and being a foodie myself, I generally focus on the importance of knowing where your food comes from. Being able to track your food from farm to family is a cause that is near and dear to my heart and my health, but something that many of us take for granted is knowing where our water comes from.
Clean water scarcity affects nearly 1 billion people who lack access to clean water supplies. While we take it for granted that water in some form will always be around, African women are walking over 40 billion hours every year to carry cisterns of water that are still not guaranteed to be safe for drinking. Some scholars believe that this is one of the leading causes of conflict in Africa and is, at least, partially responsible for the conflict in Darfur.
While the statistics are a huge cause for concern, the disregard for water safety in other parts of the world is even more alarming. Everyday, 2 million tons of human waste are disposed of in water sources. Resulting deaths and diseases caused by polluted coastal waters cost the global economy $12.8 billion annually. As we sip our bottles of Poland Spring, Evian and Aquafina, other parts of the world are praying for rain.
We all know the little things that can be done to save our personal water use, but one important thing that you can do for any cause is get involved.