Today is World Water Day. What does that mean? Basically, it’s a day in which we, as a global society, need to stop and think about each other.
There are billions of people around the world without access to potable water. Drinking unsafe water can lead to disease and famine, and it is such an important resource for us as humans. Water is quite literally the lifeblood of our planet, and there is NO reason anyone on this planet should be without it. It is within our power, and arguably, it is our responsibility to each other to ensure we all have reasonable access.
Honestly, even in our own backyards, there are people without access to safe water. I’m from the Detroit, Michigan area and I know we’ve all heard about the Flint water crisis. What you probably don’t know, is that it’s still going on–and Flint is not the only place in the US affected by unsafe drinking water. Of course, this pales in comparison to many undeveloped countries around the world, but I need you to be able to relate. People around the world are thirsty. They are getting sick. Their children are dying, and it is preventable. We owe it to each other to allow access to safe, drinkable water.
But what can we do as individuals?
- Learn something new about water usage and distribution!
There are a lot of things we may not know about water, and how we use it. The World Water Day Campaign site offers a lot of information about what you can do to help reduce your waste, and what steps are being taken around the world to bring potable water to those who need it.
- Donate to the cause!
There are countless charities that you can donate your money to with a few simple clicks, and be confident that your dollars are being put toward the cause. One such is Charity: Water, which uses 100% of donations to put toward projects around the globe to bring safe water to people in need. UNICEF also runs a campaign in which 90% of every dollar donated goes toward providing safe water to children. There are, of course, others as well! Just make sure you do your research if you’re considering donating, to be sure your money is truly going to the cause.
We’re social creatures. We spend all day on our phones, perusing Facebook and Twitter, or whatever your social media platform of choice is, and they make it so easy to share. Take a few seconds out of your day and share this article, a different article, some links for donating. I don’t care, just raise awareness! The more people that see World Water Day mentioned, the more that are going to be thinking about it, and the more can actually be done! Remember, at the end of the day, national policy is dictated by the people, and we CAN make the change!
Ultimately, we are all human. In that, we are all family. We all deserve access to safe water, and there are things we can do to help each other–big or small! So I’m urging you now: please do something today to, at the very least, raise awareness and get people thinking. We can make changes alone, but together, we are an unstoppable force. If only for today, be the spearhead of that force and do something good for your people. Thank you! Love and good vibes to you today, and all days to come.