Blogpost Writer: Jakub Wolf
Water is great. We use it in many aspects of our lives, from drinking it to showering in it. We’re practically made of it. But unfortunately, not everyone can access it as easily as some of us.
Did you know that 663 million people on our planet are without water? And at least 1.8 billion people use water that is fecally contaminated! Disgusting, I know. More than 80 percent of wastewater resulting from human activity are discharged into rivers and sea without any pollution removal. Almost 1.000 children die everyday due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases. These numbers, as unbelievable as they may sound, are real, displayed on the website of the United Nations. Meanwhile water is something we take so much for granted.
Picture this. You want to cook a meal and you’re rinsing off your vegetables, but you remember that you have to grab something from the other room but instead of turning the tap off, you just leave it running out of pure laziness. Or you’re having a lazy sunday and you decide to shower three times that day. Sound familiar? All these things we do, are not because we hate people in third world countries and we want them to die from dehydration. It’s simply because water is so easily accessible, and seemingly infinite, that we just don’t think about it. I mean, in a developed country you can get water pretty much for free anywhere you want.
But that is exactly why we have so much more responsibility. It’s not that we can’t shower three times a day or wash our dishes for 2 hours. We have to be conscious about it and think when is it really necessary to use water and are we really being as careful as we can be?
In addition to that, we should always be incredibly thankful that the standards of sanitation are so advanced. If in your country, you can drink tap water, you should consider yourself very lucky! There are still many countries in the world where that is not available!
As Deepak Chopra, american author and public speaker, said:
“Although we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human lifespan than any kind of drug or surgery”
Water is an incredibly important part of our lives that we should appreciate much more. Don’t shower for half an hour just because you’re scared of the cold, use your dishwasher or at least when you’re washing the dishes with your hands, don’t spend hours doing it and for pete’s sake, please don’t leave the water running without reason! And spread the word. Make sure that your friends aren’t wasting water either! This is a group effort that we have to fight all together.
Are you up for it?