Raise awareness for clean water on World Water Day
Have you ever been without water? One time my husband and I went on a hike without water or anything else but a camera and a trail map. The map indicated we were on a 1.5-mile loop. That shouldn’t have taken us more than an hour. But the trail map was wrong. There was no loop on the trail through the open prairie. And we had an unexpected heat wave. My husband and I started developing heat sickness. We were concerned. We rested in the shade of every spare tree and walked slowly, retracing our steps. Eventually we made it back to the trailhead. It was a reminder to us to always carry water. It’s also a reminder of how necessary water is to life.
Most Americans realize that people in other countries don’t have the clean water or sanitation we take for granted. About 40% of people in the world live without sanitation. This is a real problem affecting everyday life, and it can also be fatal. Around 2,000 children die every day from water-related diseases, according to WaterAid.
So with World Water Day coming up on March 22, what can we do? WaterAid has a list of suggestions at its site, including telling elected officials that worldwide clean water is important, and donating to help. Just $25 could give one person safe water and sanitation.
Also, if you’re on Twitter, tweet your #WaterStory to @WaterAidAmerica to help raise awareness of the need for clean water worldwide. There will be a World Water Day Twitter chat tomorrow, Friday, March 21 at 1 pm EST with WaterAid America and blogger Jennifer Barbour about her trip to Nicaragua with WaterAid to see how homes are being outfitted with plumbing for the first time.
If you’re in Florida and looking for things to do for World Water Day, I recommend making a decision to turn off the sprinklers if you have a house. You need to run the sprinklers for your yard only in the driest part of the year, twice a week. That has been plenty for my large yard. Also, everyone can be more conscientious about turning off the water faucet or spigot and not letting water just run.
There are also a couple of World Water Day events in Florida that I’ve found:
– A World Water Day hike on Saturday, 9-11 am, at Pasture Reserve in Groveland, Lake County
– Buy one, get one free admission to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm in Naples, Lee County
Will your family do anything for World Water Day?
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I wrote this post as a member of the Global Team of 200 Mom Bloggers for Social Good. All words and opinions are my own.