I remember my childhood and think about how my family never bought bottled water. Did yours? Now, that’s all I do on my grocery runs. I can’t even tell you how much we spend buying bottled water a month. My husband and I even size up bottled water on the shelves and get excited about new exciting bottled water brands. In fact, according to a new report this year Americans are buying more water than soda. That’s a huge shift!
I think about how I saw people bathing with animals when I visited Ethiopia last year.
I think about how water is extremely scarce in Kibera, one of Kenya’s largest slums.
I think about a recent article I read that said water is now an issue of national security.
None of us can survive without water and yet it is becoming a scarcer and scarcer resource on the planet even though we aren’t acutely feeling it. Millions of people around the world do, however.
On World Water Day members of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of Social Good Moms who concentrate on women and girls, child hunger, and maternal health, shared their thoughts about the global importance of water. Amplifying the work of WaterAid America, mom bloggers shared facts about access to safe water and sanitation.
Jennifer Barbour wrote that 2,000 children die a year from a lack of access to water and sanitation in her post, Philanthropy Friday: Water is Just the Beginning. Kelli Nelson shared that 11% of the world’s population doesn’t have access to clean water in her post, Don’t Take Water for Granted. April Ockerman told her readers about the best ways to help those who don’t have access to clean, safe water.
Michelle Greer wrote that many of us cannot imagine having to walk to gather water and Jennifer Rees reflected on Lake Michigan and how its massive presence makes her thankful for having access to clean water.
World Water Day Video Recap
Our team celebration of World Water Day culminated in a video highlighting moms’ quotes about the global water crisis.
Tawanna Browne Smith, Nicole Melancon, Shivani Cotter, Rebekah Jorgensen, Elizabeth Atalay, Sojourner Marable Grimmett, Connie Roberts, Cristie Ritz-King, Jennifer Wagner, Julia Gibson, Shiloh Kinne, Stacy Weckstein, Jennifer Barbour, Harriet Shugarman, Lisa Van Engen, and Monica Olivera contributed insightful words and quotes about water in our World Water Day videos.