Two and a half times the number of people that live in the U.S. don’t have access to clean water!
Millions of women and children in the developing world spend hours daily—walking up to six miles—to collect water. They fill up from water sources that are often polluted, then carry their 40 pound jerry cans on their backs all the way back to their villages.
Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water related disease. Four thousand kids every day.
Every year, 3.4 million people die from a water related disease.
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), takes place in Stockholm, Sweden August 31st through September 5th, 2014. It’s been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. What better time to try to raise awareness about water in a bigger way?
Here are 4 ways you can help raise awareness!
2. Give to my water.org fundraiser—$25 is enough to give one person access to safe water for life. Giving just one dollar helps, too!
3. Share this post anywhere and everywhere. On twitter, use the hashtag #GDwater and, if it fits #WWWeek.
4. Share tips for saving water. Read 20 Ways to Conserve Water in the Home for smart and effective techniques.
Oh, and listen to this Green Divas Radio Show interview with water.org…
While we didn’t get to speak with Matt Damon, who is behind the amazing organization Water.org, we did get a chance to speak to Moree Scofield, who’s working hard to help raise awareness about the plight of so many people who do NOT have easy access to clean, safe water. Learn more about how to get involved. Great podcast!
Written by Green Diva Lynn Hasselberger
Sources: water.org and worldwaterweek.org | images via shutterstock.com