Raise Your Glasses: March 22nd is World Water Day 2010

One of the UN’s Millenium Goals is to bring the number of people without access to clean drinking water down from 1.2 billion to 600,000 by 2015. The number has come down by a quarter so far, but water purification is proving an uphill struggle as sea levels rise to contaminate ground water and the populations of developing nations keep growing.

A number to make you gasp: 25% of China’s population does not have access to clean drinking water. Imagine the impact on that country’s already rampant economic growth if more than 250m people were in good health and able to work at full capacity!

Hands-up, I am a very recent convert to the cause, having become involved with raising capital for a project to produce mobile water purification units that are built within a standard 40-foot container that can be transported virtually anywhere, put next to almost any water source and will pump out enough clean drinking water for 25,000 people a day. I am now committed to the whole water purification movement, because, unlike climate change, it has a universal consensus in its favour and can actually be solved. 

I may be passionate, but I’m no expert, so I strongly recommend you follow the link and read a well-written article by Jonathan Greenblatt, a “social entrepreneur” who really knows what he’s talking about.

Take a moment on World Water Day to raise your own awareness of the world’s water purification issues and consider the practical steps you can take to make a difference.

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