Friday, October 15, 2010

WATER|Start Petition

I haven't done enough reading or research to write about this issue, but there are going to be tons of posts out there today about the need for water in the world. Check out my friend Katherine's blog today, and this link to read posts from other bloggers all over the world.

Here's a few shocking facts:
  • 40 Billion Hours: African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is usually still not safe to drink.
  • 38,000 Children a Week: Every week, nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.
  • Wars Over Water: Many scholars attribute the conflict in Darfur at least in part to lack of access to water. A report commissioned by the UN found that in the 21st century, water scarcity will become one of the leading causes of conflict in Africa.
And these make me gulp a bit:
  • Technology Footprint: The shiny new iPhone in your pocket requires half a liter of water to charge. That may not seem like much, but with over 80 million active iPhones in the world, that’s 40 million liters to charge those alone.
  • Bottled Water Footprint: The US, Mexico and China lead the world in bottled water consumption, with people in the US drinking an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year. Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, 86 percent of which will never be recycled.
  • Fashion Footprint: That cotton t-shirt you’re wearing right now took 1,514 liters of water to produce, and your jeans required an extra 6,813 liters. 


  1. Thanks for posting this!

    (I did think of you when I read the iPhone statistic- ha ha. Now maybe I can cover my covetousness of your phone with sanctimonious thoughts about how it's bad for the people around the world who need water. :P)

  2. haha Katherine. I'm not sure other phones are any better, but that's funny.