World Water Day 2013

One fact that always astounds me is that water covers 71% of our Planet Earth, and yet one in eight people do not have access to safe water. I’ve been privileged to live near Lake Michigan all my life. Water is so plentiful here that we use it not only for drinking, but also for washing and splashing and greening our grasses.

Today is World Water Day, a day established 20 years ago by the United Nations General Assembly to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Today, let’s stay conscious of how water flows too easily for us; how lucky we are that our water is safe and accessible. Let’s try to consider all the places in the world where water doesn’t come from taps; where women and children often walk for hours to collect a little bit of water every day.

Then tomorrow and the day after and the day after…let’s do it again and again until every being on Planet Earth has access to safe water.

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