What did you do for World Water Day? I hope you at least had few glasses of clean drinking water to toast the event. What? You haven’t heard about World Water Day? It wasn’t on the news? Amazing.
Continuing on the theme of life and the respect and support of it, here’s another example of Sam Brownback being out in front and nobody in the media taking notice.
U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today spoke at a press conference observing the fourteenth annual World Water Day, an international observance of the plight of the more than 1 billion people world wide who lack access to clean, safe drinking water.
“The global water crisis is currently one of the greatest public health issues, condemning billions of people to a perpetual struggle to survive at the subsistence level,” said Brownback. “It is unconscionable that in 2007 so many people are dying from waterborne diseases.”
OK, I know what you’re thinking. Water? There’s water everywhere! Why, I just washed my car yesterday and I took a shower this morning and I had plenty for my morning coffee. Well hooray for you. But there are other people who aren’t as fortunate as you.
Nearly 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. The lack of clean, safe drinking water is estimated to kill almost 4,500 children daily. Out of the 2.2 million unsafe drinking water deaths in 2004, 90% were children under the age of five.
Sinking in yet?
A third of the Earth’s population lives in water stressed countries and that number is expected to increase dramatically over the next two decades. Brownback continued, “While this problem isn’t confined to one particular region of the world, the crisis is most prevalent in developing countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Many women and young girls in rural areas in Sub-Saharan African and other parts of the world must walk miles every day to retrieve water for their families.”
Think about that next time you have a tall cool glass of water from your tap or from your expensive designer-branded water bottle. Sam Brownback cares about those who have no access to these luxuries. Just something to consider on the day after World Water Day. Thirsty?