The movement for clean water

Everywhere I look these days, there seems to be a new, innovative approach to addressing the global water crisis. Maybe its because I’m paying such close attention to water because we just published an edition of the World Savvy Monitor on Water around the World leading up to this year’s World Affairs Challenge, or maybe its because the movement for clean water has hit a tipping point. Whatever the case, its encouraging to see so many initiatives working to find solutions to problems of water access, management and conservation locally and globally. Here are just a few interesting initiatives I’ve learned about recently:

The UNICEF Tap Project –  During World Water Week, March 21-27, participating restaurants ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised would support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world. Growing from just 300 New York City restaurants in 2007 to thousands across the country today, the UNICEF Tap Project has quickly become a powerful national movement.

This year for the first time ever,  the People’s Choice Awards had an official charitable partner: Children’s Safe Drinking Water. Near the end of the event, Host Queen Latifah introduced a video about the Summit on the Summit climb that celebrities including Emile Hirsch, Jessica Biel, Lupe Fiasco and Santigold are taking with singer Kenna as their leader. The group is scaling Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro to raise “awareness of the fragile state of the planet’s clean water supply.” After the video, Queen Latifah encouraged the audience and viewers to visit PCA’s Web site to learn more about how to support Children’s Safe Drinking Water.

Life Straw – a is an amazing new portable water purifier that effectively removes all bacteria and viruses responsible for causing common diarrhoeal diseases.

There are, of course, hundreds of other initiatives and the students participating in the World Affairs Challenges in Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Francisco this year will likely come up with many more innovative solutions to the global crisis. I’ll be sure to share what I learn from them. In the meantime, do you know of some others? Please share!

One Response

  1. That is a really cool concept. I’m interested in trying it out someday.

    Portable water purifiers are an absolute must wherever you live.

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