January 13, 2019

The water that was used to baptize him remains with us. Changed through the water cycle but with us. What have we done to protect this precious resource?  What have we done to ensure that everyone is able to share in this water? Have we even stopped long enough to think about it?  We drink it, shower in it and clean with water. 

We can all agree that clean water is vital for living a dignified and healthy life. Water is essential! Yet, according to the World Health Organization almost 844 million people have no clean water. Every minute a newborn dies from an infection caused by lack of safe water and an unclean environment. We can survive maybe 3 weeks without food, Mahatma Gandhi lasted 21 days (he had water). Approximately 60% of the Adult body is made of water and without water a person can survive only three to four days. Your survival is less if you are child or in hot conditions.
 
Clean water is literally a life or death issue for hundreds of thousands of people around the world. In many places people walk miles to bring home a jug of water. Traditionally, a woman’s job and often a child’s job. I don’t know about you but I complain if the water isn’t cold enough. Imagine if your choice is to drink polluted water, water tainted with waste water, or walking hours to bring home a jug of water. The alternative is death. We have been given an amazing resource. One that has been truly blessed.
Let’s not waste it, but ensure that it is available for everyone to share.
 
           “For many of us, clean water is so plentiful and readily available  that we rarely if ever, pause to             consider what life would be like without it.”
                                                                       Marcus Samuelsson
 

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