Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A few facts about H2O

It was only when I started travelling to hot countries as a young adult that I started to realise what a precious commodity water really is but even so, it always astonishes you when facts and figures put it in its proper prospective.

Zehra Zaidi (the SW Conservative MEP Candidate) has done just that in a fascinating article for World Water Day on the 22nd March.

You can read it in full here but some of the highlights include:

  • 40 billion working hours are spent carrying water each year in Africa equivalent to France's entire workforce for a year
  • Women are disproportionately affected by poor water and sanitation. For example, they often have to fetch and carry water which keeps them out of school. According to DFID, 11% more girls attend school when sanitation is available.
Tap into WaterAid is a new scheme asking for donations everytime anyone asks for a glass or jug of tap water in participating restaurants.

A nice idea which I hope catches on but shouldn't there also be an automatic donation on all bottled water served in restaurants - not forgetting the Palace of Westminster? That way people might start using tap water instead of bottled, which can only help save the environment AND help WaterAid.

2 comments:

Blue Amazon said...

...and don't forget Turn on the Tap...
http://www.turnonthetap.org/ go the extra four miles and make a difference

Smartyhands said...

If you want a better understanding of the global water crisis and what you can do about it, read "Water: Life in Every Drop" by Julian Caldecott - visit http://www.juliancaldecott.com for details. The scientists among you will find plenty of facts and figures while the folk who prefer stories will love the beautiful writing and eloquent examples of what's going on with the world's most precious resource. And he doesn't just talk the talk - you can join his campaign to support local water and get off the bottle.