We talk a lot around here about healthy food and our food’s impact on the environment. Something we don’t mention as often is access to clean, safe water. I’m sure that part of this is because we’re all lucky enough to live in places where water isn’t an issue yet. You turn on the tap, maybe run it through a filter of some sort, and you’re ready to drink!
Having ready access to safe water makes it easy to forget that there are people all over the world that aren’t so lucky. At the end of July, the UN is voting on a resolution that would make clean water a human right, and you can help!
According to Food & Water Watch:
Water-borne diseases occur due to the inability to provide clean water, but increasingly due to the unaffordable pricing of water. Pre-paid water meters are installed in poor areas to ensure profitable supply and services are cut-off if citizens fall behind on their payments. Privatization of water has only exacerbated the problem.
A UN resolution would go a long way toward ending these unfair practices, and Food & Water Watch is making it easy for folks to tell Susan Rice, the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, that you support this resolution. It only takes a minute to fill out their online form, but if we can help get that resolution passed, the impact could be huge.
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