Blog Action Day 2010: water!

Hi All,

it’s a honour for me attending for the third time the Blog Action Day.

This year topic is WATER.

Why water?

Because over large part of the world, people don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. Moreover, pollution and global changes are causing a water quality degradation.

One of the Millenium Development Goals by United Nation says “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation” (MDG 7, Target 7c).

There so many different issues related to this topic, as we can’t consider it solely a human beings issue.

Fortunately, the number of initiatives, programmes, projects is fastly growing up, but it is fundamental to constantly hold the attention on this issue, as water is a global issue and affects all of us.

In my opinion, ‘to hold the attention’  means to do something every day, as little changes in many people can make a big difference.

For this reason, I decided to use this post to inform you about few projects, in which everyone can be easily involved.

Join the pipe:  Have you ever thought about the power of a social network?
I was really impressed when I read about a social community of tap water drinkers. As Geraldo Vallen and Lorenzo De Vita say in their web site “At the beginning of 2009, two friends living in The Netherlands, a country constantly threatened by floods and too much water, had the dream to redistribute water in a fairer way”.

The idea was to design a original set of reusable bottles, produce it and sell it to the community,  in order to raise funds to finance water projects in Asia and Africa.

Now the community is composed by 1732 members and they sold more than 1200 bottles. And this is just the beginning of the dream …

Walk for water: In many rural areas (especially in Africa), people needs to walk more then 6 km to reach the wells. As children are often involved in this task, it becomes  impossible for them going to school.

“Walk for water” is an event created 4 years ago by a group of volunteers to raise awareness, reminding that million of people have to walk such a long way to reach this primary source of life.

Fresh water in Italy: In my country, there is a low awareness about the waste of water. People think that water is an unlimited resource. There are many pipes are in bad conditions, taps in our house are often useless opened.

Furthermore, we use to drink mineral water, even though the quality of water from waterworks is very high. It means an increasing pollution due to transportation of thousands of bottles of water (mainly plastic bottles).

In these days one of most important Italian supermarket chain (Coop) is involving its customers in a large scale campaign.

These are just few projects in which everyone can be involved in every day life.

What do you think to join at least one of them?

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