Friday, October 15, 2010

Thinking About Water


 Perhaps you've endured some kind of breakdown in infrastructure in your city or neighborhood that has cut off easy access to clean running water temporarily.  But a lifetime without clean water within arm's reach?   Is there a citizen in the United States who can imagine such a thing?

Just today I threw out two half-full glasses of water left overnight on the bedside tables.  Then I poured fresh water into those glasses to drink with breakfast. I hope I actually drank mine.  I boiled eggs in clean water, which I threw down the drain as soon as the eggs were cooked.  I made coffee with the bottled spring water I keep in my pantry.  I ran the dishwasher, flushed a couple of toilets, watered the lawn.  I ran untold gallons of fresh water down the driveway in the bi-weekly pool filter backwash.  I came inside and drank a full glass of clean water.  Next is a 5-minute shower, which means I'll consume more water washing than a person living in a developing country slum has access to over an entire day.

Meanwhile, 884-million people lack access to safe water supplies...approximately one in eight people in the world.

In September of 2000, the world's leaders got together and made a list of hopeful promises to people around the globe who live in extreme poverty.  These promises have come to be called the Millennium Development Goals.  Within these goals is a pledge to make sure at least one in FOUR people in the world has access to clean water by the year 2015.

Our world is in chaos.  People with plenty on this planet seem to be in a world of worry to keep what they have. I fear the least of these among us are about to be completely forgotten.

Will you join other blog readers from across the globe today and sign this petition to the United Nations, reminding the powers that be that we want to be people who keep our promises? 

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Thank you. Peace.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

On July 28th, 2010, 122 countries voted yes in a UN general assembly resolution calling on States and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and transfer technology, particularly to developing countries, in scaling up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all. The US abstained. Among yes votes were China, Iran.

Mama de la Paz said...

Another proud moment as a US citizen. Sigh. Thank you, Anon, for underlining the critical need for our voices in the process. -MdelaP

Anonymous said...

Thanks MdelaP for your words here. A very few notice that we are no longer a peace economy, but a perpetual war economy. When will the necessary grief awaken us from the slumber, and prophetic words move us into new possibilities? Unfortunately grief comes out of pain, and there may be too much in store for us. http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175308/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_american_warscapes/#more
Prayers for Shalom, and thanksgiving for your words.

B said...

...And the Romans pumped their water through lead pipes! Talk about learning experience.

(Bonus useless knowledge: Pb, the atomic abbreviation for lead, comes from the latin word for lead: plumbum. Not coincidentally also the origin of the modern word: plumbing.)