You only have a few more days to participate in Tap Project’s World Water Week. What? This is the first you are hearing about it? The Tap Project is based on the simple concept that restaurants would ask patrons to donate a $1 for the water they would ordinarily offer complimentary. All funds raised support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.
According to www.tapwater.com, for every dollar raised, a child will have clean drinking water for 40 days. So this is a pretty neat opportunity to make a difference.
Potable water, while a significant health issue around the world, it is also a serious environmental issue as well as a women’s issue. As Maude Barlow, author of Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water, aptly stated: “the human race has taken water for granted and massively misjudged the capacity of the earth’s water systems to recover from our carelessness.”
Essential to our lives, the demand for fresh water is rising faster than the amount of water available. While affluent countries like the US have funded pricey irrigation systems to grow crops and furnish water to residential areas in the desert, there are still impoverished nations struggling to get water to their people. Currently there are an incredible 2 billion people worldwide struggling to obtain fresh, drinkable water daily.
Less than 1% of the world’s water is fresh (and therefore drinkable) and it is up to us to protect the delicate hydrologic cycle Mother Nature has employed to continually cleanse and replenish the supply. Unfortunately, because we are polluting, diverting, and depleting the supply of freshwater, the amount available continues to decrease. While once we barely touched groundwater, the water underground which feeds our rivers, today we bore huge holes into the earth and tap the water, depleting it. While just 30-50 years ago we were barely using ground water, not more than a quarter of our drinking water comes from there because other surface water sources have been polluted, depleted, or diverted.
It’s up to us to protect our water supply, so do your part by learning more about how you can reduce your impact on your local streams and waterways. And, for this week, check out the restaurants in your local area who are participating in World Water Week and support a child who is desperately in need of clean, fresh water.