Thursday, October 14, 2010

Quenching the World with Words – WATER BLOG ACTION DAY

I learned from Elephant Journal that tomorrow is world BLOG ACTION DAY.  Every year on October 15th, bloggers from around the world unite to post on the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action.  The goal is that by creating a discussion, the blogging community effectively changes the conversation on the web and focuses audiences around the globe on that issue. Thousands of bloggers from around the world are participating, including the WHITE HOUSE and GOOGLE (click here to read other blogs.)   Past themes have included the environment, poverty and climate change.

This year’s topic:  WATER.

HERE’S THE GIST OF THE PROBLEM:  Just as we (“we” as in the entire human race) currently stand, almost ONE BILLION people on the planet do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. That translates into one of eight people who are subject to a preventable disease and even death because of something that many of us take for granted, perhaps especially so in the USA.  That’s just how things stand right now. With projected changes in climate, water supply, water rights, water safety, water everything is at stake.  It’s not a question of what if, but when and how are we going to address this looming world crisis.

Water is a global issue, a human rights issue, an environmental issue, an animal welfare issue, a sustainability issue, a health issue, a healing issue, a yoga issue, a critical issue. Since most of my readers are likely my own community and network, I have decided to draw awareness to water issues by telling a short story based on my own experience living in the developing world.  The focus of my blog post tomorrow will be on the incredibly utile gift to mankind known as the PILA (pronounced pe-la). 

Stay tuned! I'll tell you what that is and more about it tomorrow.

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