Can you imagine not having running water every time you go to brush your teeth or to refill your water bottle?
Sadly, that is the case for 783 million people around the world that still do not have access to clean water. And 1.8 billion people drink contaminated water. That is a lot of people! What if you had to walk miles every day just to fill a bucket for water to drink that day? Women and girls can spend up to 25% of their time each day (that is about a total of 200 million hours around the globe each day) going out and collecting water to share with their families. That is time they are not in school getting an education or out working to earn money to help feed and clothe their families.
The United Nations has set up World Water Day – a day where people can focus on the many ways each of us can get involved to help others around the world to gain access to clean and safe water.
Something as simple as washing your hands, to help prevent you from getting sick, is difficult in some countries, since the people do not have clean water. And it isn’t just ourselves we wash…we wash our fruits and vegetables too. Just think of the dirt and chemicals that are still on unwashed food that people must eat. And who else needs clean drinking water?
Not only our pets, but the cows, chickens and pigs that we raise for food. If they don’t have clean drinking water, how healthy are they? Cows and other animals drink A LOT of water. Did you know that a cow drinks about 7 gallons of water a day when it is only about 50 degrees out, but if it gets to be hot, like around 90 degrees, they can drink up to 50 gallons of water in a single day?! There is a great need around the world to have access to safe and clean drinking water, so we can all lead healthy lives.
Don’t you think all beings deserve clean water? Comment below!
With Earth Day coming up next month, now would be a good time to start thinking of how you can pitch in to help take care of this precious resource or learn about ways to conserve water in your daily life. Shorten your showers, remember to turn the water off while you brush your teeth, make sure you run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are completely full…There are so many ways to conserve!
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