Blog Action Day 2010: Water
In keeping with an annual tradition, today is "Blog Action Day" in cyberspace. Everyone with a blog is encouraged to write a post on a specific cause in the hope that if thousands of people post on the same humanitarian topic then it will be an agent for social change; or at least garner some mainstream media attention towards the issue.
In previous years, the topic has ranged from the environment, to poverty, to climate change. This year's cause is WATER.
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.
Some unbelievable stats...
- Every week, nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.
- Today, 40% of America’s rivers and 46% of America’s lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
- Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets, but many more have access to a cell phone.
As of this writing, there have already been approximately 38 million readers of 5,000 blogs in 137 countries that have been invloved in Blog Action Day today. You can also view an ongoing list of posts on Twitter. Considering many of us bloggers consider our sites labors of love, and aren't really in it for the money, why not write a quick post to support the cause? And if you're not a blogger, why not consider signing the petition below?
This is cyberactivism at its best.