Yesterday was Blog Action Day 2010, where bloggers around the world unite to raise awareness of one of the most crucial challenges facing our world today – the accessibility of clean water and sanitation for all. This topic is very close to my heart, and one of the reasons I decided to be an engineer. I am now a water engineer and one of my dreams is to work with underdeveloped communities on easy access to clean water and proper sanitation facilities. Everyone should have these basic needs met: there are just no excuses.
A few quick hitting facts:
- Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
- 890 million people lack access to safe water.
- 2.5 billion people don’t have a toilet.
- $25 brings one person clean water for life.
- Over 200 million hours of labor each day are consumed each day to collect water.
- The majority of the world’s illness is caused by fecal matter.
- More people on earth have cell phones than toilets
There are some great organisations, both within and outside of Australia, working tirelessly to deliver safe drinking water and sanitation to communities and reduce the global water crises. If you’d like to find out more and get involved, please visit these sites:
– AusAid – Volunteer work in Australia
Please pass this message along. Thanks for reading.