The United States and other developed nations devote untold money, time and effort to securing the oil we need to keep our economies running. We’d be thrown into crisis if the oil dried up, so we’re willing to do what it takes to get it.
Much of the world faces an even greater, more basic problem. Today, more than 860 million people – one in eight worldwide – do not have access to safe water and spend much of their day scavenging for it. On average, people in developing countries walk 3.7 miles a day just to collect water for basic needs.
Each dollar invested in sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene returns $8 in increased productivity and decreased health care costs. Resources dedicated to this cause will go far toward creating a better life for billions of people worldwide.
To call attention to the issue, the United Nations has declared today to be World Water Day. If you want to get involved by advocating for public policy changes, go here. If you’d like to make a cash donation to the cause, check out charity:water, which will use your money productively. Let’s do what it takes to help those less fortunate than we are obtain something far more important than oil.