The World Water Week in Stockholm is happening now until Sept 11th. Leaders, experts from all over the world meet to develop ways to solve the global issue of water. There are three critical issues at the moment:
1)The spreading of water borne diseases
Bad water kills more people than Malaria, AIDS and wars combined. Every year 1.8 million people die from diarrheal disease attributed to unsafe water, mostly children under five.
2)Increased spreading of chemicals in our water
Increased chemicals in agriculture, business development and household, pharmaceutical residues eventually end up in our waterways. According to a recent U.S. study, newborn babies have on average 230 man-made substances in their blood.
3)Consumers’ role in environmental problems
As consumers we should consider our role in promoting destruction of our environment, of our waterways.
The problem with water is not as far away from our home as we think. It is just not in developing countries such as India, Africa, Bolivia. It is right here, at home. In California, we have drought. Most of our beaches have become unsafe. Tuna is not safe to eat due to mercury. The bottled water we purchase in bulk from Costco continues to pollute our beaches, our landfills and other landfills in developing countries.
We can change and there is hope. There are tons of information out there on how to make small changes. I invite you to visit some of my favorite organizations:
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