Since the beginning of time, man has gravitated towards water. 70% of Earth’s surface is covered with it. Water has inspired, sustained and transported humans around the globe since the dawn of time.
For generations, people have sought to settle near a dependable source of fresh water. Water is critical to our survival. A human being cannot live for more than a week without water. However, today, this substance — the basis of life on our planet — is becoming an increasingly scarce resource, and one which is likely to be as much a source of future conflict as fossil fuels are today.
Over 780 million people, most of whom live in developing countries, do not have access to clean water. As a direct result, a child somewhere in the world dies of a water borne disease every 20 seconds. The world’s women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water for their homes and families.
It behooves all of us to become aware, get involved, and try to make a difference (even if its just by shaving a few minutes off your time in the shower). Every problem has a solution and the solution is us. For more information, please visit water.org. To get inspired, check out my photo gallery of this most precious of Earth’s resources.
This post is a response to Where’s My Backpack’s Weekly Travel Theme, Liquid.