--- In Rotary3080@yahoogroups.com, RVEPL <rvepl@...> wrote:
World Water Day, designated as Wednesday, 22 March this year is an
ideal time to raise awareness of a serious problem faced by more
than 1 billion people (or 20 percent of the world's population): the
lack of access to safe water for drinking. An easy way to bring
attention to this critical issue is by participating in Walks for
Water, which is held in conjunction with World Water Day.
Water for Life
Water is a basic necessity for all life on earth. Access to fresh
water affects the very existence of human beings and their inherent
dignity. In addition, water is crucial for sustainable development,
including the preservation of our natural environment and the
alleviation of poverty and hunger. Water is indispensable for human
health and well-being.
While 70% of the Earth's surface is covered by water, 97.5% of the
world's water is salt water. And m ore than 2 percent of the rest of
the water is frozen in icebergs and glaciers, leaving less than 1
percent of all water available for human use.
1.2 billion people - or almost 1 out of 5 people in the world - are
without access to safe drinking water and half of the world's
population lacks adequate water purification systems. In addition,
2.4 billion people, or 40% of the world's population, do not have
access to adequate sanitation. In developing nations, 80% of
diseases stem from consumption of and exposure to unsafe water,
killing more than 25,000 people each day.
a.. Nearly one in five people have no access to clean water
b.. 25,000 people die each day from a lack of water, or because it
c.. 4 Million children die every year from water-borne diseases,
one child every 8 seconds!
d.. Lack of water forces over 100 million children to miss out on
"Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and, therefore, a
basic human right. Contaminated water jeopardizes both the physical
and social health of all people. It is an affront to human dignity.
Yet even today, clean water is a luxury that remains out of the
reach of many. Worldwide, more than a billion people have no access
to improved water sources, while nearly two and a half billion live
without basic sanitation. These people rank among the poorest in the
world - as well as the least healthy. In fact, the absence of a safe
water supply contributes to an estimated 80 per cent of disease and
death in the developing world."
The poor are the ones who suffer most. Water shortages can mean long
walks to fetch water, high prices to buy it, food insecurity and
disease. But the very thing needed to tackle water problems in poor
countries - economic development - requires yet more water to supply
the agriculture and industries that drive it.
In Africa the challenge is formidable:
Ethiopia 78% lack safe water
This situation provides many openings for Rotary service. Rotarians
a.. The drilling and rehabilitation of wells
b.. Rainwater harvesting
c.. Purifying water, i.e. bio-sand filters
d.. Solar disinfecting (SODIS)
e.. Mini-pipelines and mini-dams
f.. Organizing local community in self-help projects
g.. Local sanitation
h.. Water conservation, and
i.. Education on water.
Think on this matter seriously.Think what will be happen in future
if we will not care and safe the water.The attachment is a must
Waiting for your comments?
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