It’s World Water Day. What are you going to do about it?

March 22, 2009

Sunday, you might have heard, is World Water Day. Probably you haven’t heard about it — and that’s okay, I hadn’t either until recently. Above is a little video clip about World Water Day which I hope you’ll check out.

I know there’s a lot of “World ____ Days”  all year-round for every imaginable cause. And it’s hard to pay attention because really, every good cause is worthy of our attention, but when we’re wrapped up in trying to navigate our own lives, who has time to pay attention to them all?

I want to recognized World Water Day though because I think it is one of the most easily and most often overlooked issues. Partly because it is so simple of a problem that we hardly realize it exists.

Can you imagine your everyday life, though, without the unlimited access to clean drinking water that we all have every day? What would your life be like without that little privilege that we all take for granted?

1.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water.

2.6 billion lack proper sanitation (adequate sewage disposal).

Tainted water supplies are blamed for the worldwide deaths of 1.8 million children a year.  That’s 4,900 children per day under 5 years old.

Access to clean, drinkable water is a basic human right that everyone should have. But the reality is: far too many people don’t.

What can you do?

Check out this petition to call on President Obama to allocate more attention and resources to water issues. Because no child should be without safe water.



  1. Thanks for posting this, I really didn’t know about world water day.

    If you haven’t seen it you might be interested in the movie
    Flow. It explores not only the issue if potable water for everyone, but the increasing attempts to privatize it, and what kind of crisis that has caused and how much worse this could be in the future. Quite infuriating this film but worth seeing, if you haven’t already.

    I saw it at a film festival, but it is available now I think on DVD.

  2. Thanks for letting me know…sounds interesting. I’ll definitely check it out.

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