Water, Water, Water…Why It Just Might Be the Key to Everything!

by Angie A. Swartz on October 15, 2010

CleanWatervsDirtySupporting  clean water is one of the first policies we established at Square Martini Media.   So we couldn’t be happier that Blog Action Day 2010 is devoted to WATER and about our news with San Diego’s own GiveCleanWater.

The following is an excerpt from The Blog Action Day site:

“Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.

Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.

But, water moves beyond just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue, an animal welfare issue, a sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, deserving a global conversation.”

And that’s enough said to make us all take a long pause and listen isn’t it?  Taking action and making a difference is easier than you think.

gcw_logo_finalGive Clean Water

Our company has supported and raised money for water charity events in the past.  This year we’re making a bigger step.  We’re proud to announce that we’ll be supporting San Diego’s own GiveCleanWater.  We look forward to learning more about them and working with them on their social media strategy.

GiveCleanWater installs sustainable clean water filters in Fiji homes providing training and education to local families who currently only have access to unsafe water.  We hope you’ll take a look at their organization, consider donating and, of course….Like them on Facebook. 😉

What is Blog Action Day and Why is Water So Important?

Today on Blog Action Day, writers from over 135 countries will write for over 35 million readers about one cause.  If you want to get educated about Water, today’s the day.

Water is important for so many reasons and many of us are under informed about this precious natural resource.  There are so many things that we can change in our daily lives that have a great impact to the global health climate.  It’s a topic worth studying a bit.  Here are two I found most interesting because you and I can start making change today:

  • Uninhabitable Rivers: Today, 40% of America’s rivers and 46% of America’s lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.   More info…
  • Bottled Water Footprint: The US, Mexico and China lead the world in bottled water consumption, with people in the US drinking an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year. Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, 86 percent of which will never be recycled.  More info and a great video here…

So What Can I do? Lots!  We’re not here to make your choices for you but we will urge you to get informed about how water affects you, your children, the global economy and health picture.  As for me personally, I’m going to think twice next time I drink bottled water and I’m going to put a timer in the shower.  Baby steps are always a good place to start.

Thanks for reading our Blog Action Day post.  Here are two other San Diego Blog Action Day Posts of Note at time of post:

Global Patriot: Engineers Without Borders

Living a Greener Life

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Global Patriot 10.16.10 at 8:59 am

It’s easy to lose sight of how many people around the world lack access to clean water, something we take for granted on a daily basis. Thanks for highlighting the amazing work of GiveCleanWater!
.-= Global Patriot´s last blog ..Blog Action Day 2010 – Engineers Without Borders =-.

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