Today is Blog Action Day 2010, and this years theme is . . . . water.
For one thing, 42,000 people die each week from unsafe water. Most of us, at least in the Western World, take water for granted but almost a billion people around the world do not have access to clean water. In Africa many women and children have to walk miles each day to get water (and that water is not necessarily clean).
Safe clean water is poised to become a scarce resource over the 21st century. With the icecaps melting and our water levels rising, salt water will come further and further inland. Even in areas that are not permanently flooded, it will damage our farmland, destroy homes and contaminate the clean water that we do have. That could leave us with a world that is just too scary to contemplate. It would cause refuge problems far greater than any war that’s ever been. More and more people would start to compete for less and less land.
Blog Action Day is here to draw our attention to this plight and also to ask people to sign a petition to the UN Secretary General urging him to continue the UN’s life-saving work bringing water and sanitation to developing nations. Please go and have a look at their website and then sign their petition.
Here is their promotional video: