Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo. Feature photo: magnusfranklin on Flickr.

Every year on October 15th, Change.org encourages bloggers write about a particular issue and help raise awareness. This years’ theme is water.

According to the Blog Action Day website, the goal of Blog Action Day is to encourage discussion, which will (hopefully) lead to ideas, plans, and actions that will make a difference. If you decide to participate, you can register your blog with the other 3,767 (and counting) people, sign a petition, fundraise with charity: water, or donate to water.org.

This year, with the theme of Water, we are eager to shed light on this often-overlooked topic.

Need some motivation? Read these water facts:

  • – Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
  • – 40% of America’s rivers and 46% of America’s lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
  • – 500 billion liters of water are required to power all the technology that we use every day in the U.S.
  • – An average bathtub holds 151 L of water, while in poorer countries, people live on 30 L for the whole day.
  • – Poorer people pay 5-10 times more than wealthier people in the same city for 1 L of water.
  • – More than 200 million hours of women’s time each day is spent collecting water for basic use.
  • – More than 80% of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated, polluting rivers, lakes and coastal areas.
  • – 1 in 8 people don’t have access to clean water.
  • – A 5-minute shower in the U.S. uses more water than an average person in a developing country uses in an entire day.
  • – Nearly 1 billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water.
  • Facts from: Blog Action Day, Water.org

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    Community Connection:

    A group of celebrities joined the clean water movement by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro on January 14th.