Friday, October 15, 2010

Water - Blog Action Day

I think this may be the first time I have posted for one of these Blog Action Days.  I have read plenty of posts from others during these events about various issues that are important to them, but for whatever reason, I have not chimed in myself.  However, after seeing that today's topic is Water, I felt that I should help bring some light to this very important topic.  It is something that many of us take for granted, but there are lots of other people in this world who don't have the resources that I do in order to enjoy such a basic human need. 

I don't have very much first hand experience with not having clean water, but I will relate one experience that I had.  I was on a hiking trip in Kenya in 1997 and we were in a fairly barren area where the Maasai people live.  It has been a fairly dry season while we were there, and clean water was fairly sparse.  When we found springs to fill up our watter bottles, the water was not as clear as we were used to.  In fact I would hardly describe it as clean at all.  Plus, it tasted and smelled horrible.  But it was water, which we needed to survive.

One of the last days of our trip with the Maasai, it began to rain.  It was not raining like it was in DC yesterday, it was just a mild sprinkle, but this did not stop the Maasai from dancing around in the rain in celebration.  This made those of us fortunate enough to have ready access to clean water feel very lucky.  Ever since that trip, I have gone out of my way to make sure that I conserve water whenever possible.

Here is a little bit of information about Blog Action Day, which is sponsored by the website  Below is a video that they put together about Blog Action Day and why they chose the very important cause of promoting clean water throughout the world. Below the video is a link to sign a petition for the UN.

I hope that everyone who reads this will think twice about how you use water and will do whatever you can to conserve the precious resource to which we are lucky to have easy access.

1 comment:

City Girl said...

So glad that you participated in this Blog Action Day, Tyler! Your tale from Kenya resonated with me and served as a good reminder to conserve water. *Hugs*