Did you know 1 in 8 people lack access to safe drinking water?? by Gia Machlin, October 15 2010, 1 Comment

It's Blog Action Day and this year's topic is WATER. To get the conversation started, I will share some facts about water (many of which, I must admit, I was unaware of prior to this post) and they are shocking:

* Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
* 890 million people lack access to safe water.
* 2.5 billion people don’t have a toilet.
* $25 brings one person clean water for life.
* More people on earth have cell phones than toilets.
* The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
* On average, women in developing countries walk 3.7 miles a day to collect water.
* In just one day, women around the world spend more than 200 MILLION HOURS collecting water. This lost productivity is greater than the combined number of hours worked in a week by employees at Wal*Mart, United Parcel Service, McDonald’s, IBM, Target, and Kroger.

Water.org Co-Founders Matt Damon and Gary White
Water.org Co-Founders Matt Damon and Gary White

Wow! Really makes you think! So what can we do about this? Well the first thing is to spread the word: Water.org co-founder Matt Damon says "When you make [people] aware of a problem this serious, but then also then make them aware of a solution this practical, I think it’s in peoples’ nature to want to step up and do their part."

What other actions can you take?

Get involved with organizations such as Damon's water.org.

Donate just $25 to provide water for life for one person!

Help educate the our children about this crises - check out these lesson plans for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Start a fundraiser through mycharity: water.

It's pretty amazing to think how wrapped up we are in our lives and how clueless we can be about how fortunate we really are. I mean, here I am, pretty dedicated to the environment, and yet did I know these facts? NO. Was I thinking about what I could do to help a child get safe drinking water? Uh Uh! But now I am! Thanks to the folks at Blog Action Day for bringing this issue front and center!

I hope this touches you as well. I hope we are all inspired to do what we can do to help Damon and White achieve their vision: the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water.