"The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns"
This is a quote from Water.org, one of many nonprofit organizations determined to improve the quality of life for the millions of people that lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation. I chose to write about this quote because I found it so surprising. I could have told you that it was true just based on the numbers that you see on all of these websites dedicated to educating the world about the water crisis, and yet I would never have thought about it this way if not for that quote. War is a deadly and dreadful thing, something that has permeated human history, something that has claimed so many lives. So when you think about how terrible war is, and then realize that the water shortage is more deadly than that, it is an eye opening experience. And yet governments all over the world are spending far more on the military than they spend on fixing the structural problems behind the water crisis. But the ironic thing is that one of the reasons behind increased tensions between countries is the global water shortage. If we put a little more effort into fixing the system and a little less into blowing each other up, we could really begin to see some improvements in the world.
But the government has a lot to deal with. They may not see water shortages that are concentrated outside of our country as immediate priorities. So it falls to the people to take care of our fellow human beings. There are so many ways in which we can help, not just by reducing our own personal water use, but by donating just a little to bring water to those who so desperately need it. There are tons of great websites raising money to raise awareness and funds. Even if you don't donate, it is always helpful to raise awareness so that other people are alerted to this vital issue. Words have an incredible power. They can even be turned into water.
Some great websites: