“…every two minutes, a child dies from a water-related disease.”
For anyone who needs more utilitarian reasons to rally the cry, the water crisis will catch up with us one way or another. Whether it be through the combined effect of overpopulation, the American propensity for excess and lack of concern for environmental impacts or just one of these contributing factors, the looming water crisis encompasses a shortage of natural resources in our own backyards. The economic gains in addressing this human rights violation are also important to note. Universal access to water and sanitation would generate $18.5 billion in profits, with a $4 economic return on every $1 invested due to “lower health costs, more productivity, and fewer premature deaths.”7 Those funds could be diverted into new markets and more consumers of goods and services. The possibilities for success on all sides are as vast as the certainties of harm if we do nothing.
These realities are grim, but the hopeful thing that can and should push us forward is that there is so much left to salvage if we act now. The ways to contribute range from researching and educating ourselves and others on the scope of the problem and what needs to be changed, sharing about these issues widely on social media, creating content that raises awareness and promotes research, contacting international organizations and contributing to their ongoing campaigns that highlight water inequities, and donating to organizations that are empowering people through clean water access like water.org. If you do take any of these steps, I’d love to hear about it. Count me alongside you in this fight for basic human rights. Even if we reach the goal of universal water access just two minutes sooner because of our collective effort, another life will be spared, another child given a chance to succeed. For that alone, it is worth it. ∎
Actress, Spoken Word Artist, Activist & Lawyer www.awarenessties.us/marydavid Mary is a storyteller and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual trauma. Drawing from experiences of overcomers of trauma and her own journey from victim to survivor, Mary creates powerful narratives and highlights pivotal realities through television and film, legal advocacy, and beyond. As a United Nations Advisor on Women and Children’s Issues, Mary defended the rights of domestic violence victims and disenfranchised populations before the United Nations General Assembly. She also handled nearly 2,000 criminal cases as a prosecutor in Baltimore City, including numerous cases of assault and sex crimes. When not creating art, Mary promotes the advancement of women and ending gender-based violence as Communications Director of UN Women’s Los Angeles chapter.
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