Raise a Glass to Celebrate World Water Day

by Suzanne on March 21, 2012

I’m thinking of something essential to life in every way.  We love to watch it, pay more to live near it, play in it, and connect deeply with it.  Most households in the world are blessed to have their own.  Most individuals are able to take this item with them wherever they go throughout the day.

Have you guessed?  Sure you have, you peeked at the title of this post.

I’m thinking about water.  And getting ready to celebrate World Water Day on March 22.  It’s an all day, open invitation to the world to celebrate one of the most necessary elements of life.

Ethiopia, 2011 - by Mo Scarpelli for charity: water

Much as most of us would hate to do it, a human can actually go for about fourteen days without food, though some doctors say it could be as many as thirty to forty days. 

But take away our water and our body’s organs and functions begin to shut down and we’re toast (dry toast, at that) by day three.  Some of us who are in extremely good health may make it to day fourteen, but it won’t be pretty.

The human brain is 75% water, blood is 92% water, bones are 22% water, muscles are 75% water.  You can see why the lack of water can create a myriad of health issues.

Considering that the chemical makeup of the human body is between 65% to 90% water that must be replenished daily, we should be filled with gratitude for every drop of clean, unpolluted water on this planet. 

I can tell you, I was stunned at some of the unexpected uses of water in the manufacture of products we use every day.

          Junk mail – to create the unwanted piles paper that flow into your mailbox day in and day out, around 28 billion gallons of water are used

          Toilet – the round-the-clock flow of a toilet that doesn’t shut off uses 200 gallons per day

          Bottled water –to make the bottle that holds your one liter of water, the manufacturing process used 3 liters of precious water

          Blue jeans – oh my gosh!  2,900 gallons of water used in the manufacture of Every. Single. Pair.

On this 2012 World Water Day, almost one billion people on this planet still do not have access to clean drinking water.  Can you imagine having to carry your drinking water five miles every day?  That’s a five-mile walk to the nearest source of clean water, and a five-mile walk home, carrying your five-gallon container.  The container that weighs over forty pounds.  And if you have a family, you’re probably carrying at least two containers.  Every day, through heat, through cold, through every extreme of weather.  You carry the load because without that water your life will be very short and painful.  What if the trip is more than five miles?  What if there is no safe water supply in walking distance from your home?    

          “Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.” 

That’s a direct quote from the webpage of charity: water, a group in the position to know this for fact.

So, here’s how I plan to celebrate the 2012 World Water Day:

          Junk mail – continue to remove myself from mailing lists for catalogs, credit card companies, etc.

          Toilets – keep my toilets in good repair, replacing worn out parts as soon as I hear the toilet running constantly

          Bottled water – carry my great stainless steel water bottle that has a blessing for the water printed right on it.  I’ll be filling that bottle from the tap in my kitchen.  Mine is green, to symbolize healing and growth for the planet.

          Blue jeans – I’ll wear those suckers until they are threadbare, even if it means I have to exercise to remain able to fit into them. 😉

Most important, I made my donation to charity: water  last week, ahead of the rush, to help build sustainable clean water systems around the world.  Check them out, make a donation, volunteer to help their ongoing efforts to provide everyone with clean, safe water for life.

What will you do today and every day to celebrate World Water Day 2012?   Leave a comment sharing your ideas.

Thank you to charity: water for permission to use Mo Scarpelli’s fabulous photo.  The space available here cannot do it justice, but you can see the original at charity:water.

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