Friday, July 29, 2011
Water, Water Everywhere
Going home to Maine always makes me think about water. Besides growing up close enough to smell the ocean and sail, I also spent my childhood walking in the woods with my Bumpa and drinking out of brooks and streams - just cupping the water with our hands. He used to tell us it was "special" water - tasting both sweet and having the minerals to make us strong. (As kids you always want to be strong for some reason.) The memories of these times have resonated with me as I have delved deeper into learning more about the current water issues of today.
To those of you living in places where water is not abundant, or maybe clean, you already know what a struggle it is to not have water when you want it. For the majority of us, who have access to a computer and a toilet, we have the luxury of not thinking about what 884 million people who lack access to clean water and sanitation in the world face everyday. It's startling to think about 1 in 8 people in the world not having this basic human need/right fulfilled everyday, let alone the financial, educational and economic impact this has on their lives. I won't go on and on, but if you are interested in learning more about the facts you can read more here.
Also, in an effort to start moving towards working in this sector I am trying to win a week's worth of Tweeting for an organization I love - water.org. If you have a Twitter account and two seconds I would appreciate your vote. Thanks for considering!