- March 22, 2014
- Posted by: Audrey del Rosario
- Category: Bucket List
At Everyday Ambassador, we’ve thirsted for new ways to forge connections with others, and this time, we’re doing so over a shared drink – water. It’s clear that this liquid is our lifeblood. From the amount you use in the morning to brew your oh-so-precious coffee to the irrigation for various crops, water is all around us and continually fuels and creates lives. Marking this fact is World Water Day, and it is an acknowledgement of the importance of this communal resource and this object of human connectivity. When we share a drop to drink, we share a basic human need with others.
On the flip side, imagine a world where you didn’t have enough potable water to drink or even water at all. Gone are the morning espressos and steamy showers to jolt your day. Missing from your table are numerous crops, and the sanitation standards in your house are poor. So you walk mile upon mile everyday to remedy this situation with a jug on your back, with the sun beating down, and with only your feet to take you. In this case, you may have enough to drink, but you are not safe from numerous illnesses – some of which can cause up to 80% of the deaths in your country.
Such is the case for many individuals in developing countries, and the UN’s initiatives on World Water Day seek to highlight this area of concern and address potential solutions. Below, we’ve offered our own list of ways you can join this movement today.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that we often post on constructive uses of technology that celebrate a human connection. The Tap Project is one way you can actually use your smartphone give clean water to children in need. After downloading the app, the challenge is to not touch your phone. For every ten minutes that you walk away, Giorgio Armani Fragrances and other donors can fund one day of clean water for a child in need.
Do you know how much water you use for your home, yard, diet, energy, and consumer choices everyday? We didn’t think so. Knowing how much water you use in a day can help you make smarter choices later. If you’re thirsting to know more, check out the water footprint calculator provided by National Geographic.
Take a page from those who don’t have immediate access to clean water, and walk a mile (or two) in their shoes. The World Walks for Water and Sanitation is a global mobilization event demanding action across the world to address the water and sanitation crisis. Through Sunday, join hundred of thousands of people all across the globe to walk in step to demand change from governments. Show your support, and walk in solidarity with the millions still forced to walk for water.
How are you celebrating World Water Day? Have updates from an event you’ve attended or are planning to attend? We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to leave a comment below!
“Bucket List” is a weekly series curated by Everyday Ambassador brand strategist Audrey del Rosario. Every Saturday, we will feature events, conferences, and happenings that spark conversation and ignite your inner activist. To stay current with our latest posts, follow #bucketlist or #EAinspired on our other platforms, and check back regularly for updates.
Image Credit: UNICEF