Time is Water
Written By SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
That’s how long it takes women and children in Africa to find and fetch water for their families’ daily needs.
Think how that time could be spent instead.
Caring for the family, going to school…
or even having fun.
To help make water available for everyone, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel urge you to support World Water Day, March 22…
by conserving water and doing all that you can to reduce your Water Footprint – the amount of water you use each day for drinking, cooking, personal hygiene, household needs and more.
Sponsored by the United Nations, this year’s World Water Day focuses on Water and Sustainable Development.
Water is essential for all types of development – from growing food to generating electricity, creating industry and building communities.
Achieving sustainability won’t be easy, though. Currently less than 1% of the world’s water is suitable for drinking.
More than two billion people do not have access to safe drinking water or sanitation. And by 2025 more than three billion people – close to half the world’s population – could suffer from water shortages.
Far from being a regional problem, lack of water is a global problem that requires a global solution…starting with responsible water usage management that minimizes waste and pollution.
Every drop counts.
It’s not just the big things we do that make a difference. It’s all the little things. Like something as simple as taking a shower.
According to the non-profit Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, a 10-minute shower can waste more than 40 gallons of water.
To demonstrate the value of each drop of water Surfrider is asking people to pledge to skip their shower on World Water Day. Surfrider CEO Dr. Chad Nelsen stated that the goal is to save 1 million gallons of water.
When it comes down to it, we’re all connected. The less time someone spends taking a shower, the less time someone else has to spend searching for water.
“A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men;
as sympathetic threads, our actions come back to us as effects.”
– Herman Melville, author, Moby Dick.
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