Hello to all. Just to remind you, today is World Water Day! This is an international issue that affects all of us. You can check out all the cool events going on today here.

In case you’re not familiar with the issue, here are some crucial facts that will catch you up to speed:

— According to recent statistics, more than 1.1 billion people lack access to a safe an adequate water supply. (That’s more than three times the current US population.)
— Water-related diseases are responsible for approximately 80% of all deaths of infants ages 1 – 5
— The average American uses anywhere from 100 to 176 gallons of water a day; the average African family uses 5
— The water crisis particularly affects women,  who require irrigation water to produce 60-80% of the food in developing countries and are often expected to provide drinking/bathing water for their families.

Let’s do what we can to reduce our own water consumption (ie. cut short the 20-minute showers, make sure faucets are turned off) and talk with your friends and family about this problem!

Also, you should know that there are a lot of groups working to make a difference on this issue. The UN has declared the years 2005 – 2015 the ‘Water for Life’ decade. You can find more information on their work here. Another really neat group to check out is Water Partners International, a nonprofit that partners with local organizations in countries around the world to give people access to clean and safe water. This organization makes it really easy to get involved! (Just check out the ‘What You Can Do’ tab.) You can start exploring their website here.