Nearly 1 billion people lack access to clean water, which causes a series of problems, diseases and even death.
In July 2010, the United Nations declared access to clean water and sanitation a human right over objection from the United States. Today, nearly one billion people lack basic access to safe drinking water.
While the developing world faces a water crisis, those in industrialized countries consume far more than their fair share. The disregard for water resources in industrialized countries impacts more than humans – it causes environmental devastation. The good news is that there are great organizations working on solutions and new tools that empower people to do their part to address the water crisis. Check out Water.org and charity: water for more.
Access to clean water is not just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue. An animal welfare issue. A sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, and it affects all of us.
(This post is part of Blog Action Day 2010)