March 22, 2010
In the midst of all the hubbub concerning world water day and related events, I was caught by my dear friend Gina's words on Twitter this afternoon.
She wrote: When I hear, "Take action on World Water Day", I think, help orphans get access to clean water. I don't think, buy a low-flow shower head.
I was thankful, as usual, for her passion for the things that matter most. Kudos to those of you with low flow shower heads (personally? I take 15 minuters, and I love the feel of my super high flow head for every single second of those fifteen minutes), but I think we need to consider the purpose behind our actions.
My boss' husband said to me last week that he has noticed more evangelicals paying attention to the environment because damage to the environment is damage to people. Unclean water in the Chao Phraya River is unclean water in the mouths of the children of Thailand. Environmental issues in Nairobi's slums spread disease throughout the poorest of Kenya.
Damage to the environment is damage to people.
People are what matter.
This week, I think we need to focus on caring about the environment because it affects 1.6 million children every year that die of preventable, water-related disease. I think we need to focus on the world water crisis because there are women across the globe - today - that fear rape every time they find a place to go to the bathroom at night. I think we need to focus on providing clean water because there are girls across Africa carrying jugs on their heads and walking miles home from the nearest well, instead of getting an education. I think we need to focus on sanitation issues because those same girls are growing up without ever experiencing what it means to have equality, because their menstrual cycles keep them out of school.
- Here is another a fascinating place to learn about water issues affecting women across the globe.
- Facts about the water crisis here.
- If you are on twitter, some excellent people to follow for information on water issues are:@achildsrightl @WaterAid @Water4Africa @global_water@LiveEarth @waterforpeople @causecast @Water1st @wateradvocates @charitywater
What you can do:
- Last week, I blogged about how to get involved in UNICEF's world water week.
- Earlier this year, I posted about how much I loved seeing local support for the reputable organization charity:water.
- Here I blogged about the children I worked with in Haiti, and ways to get involved in helping the water crisis via John Sauer, from Water Advocates.
- Here are several more ways to get involved, via Huffpost Impact.