"Water sustains life but safe, clean drinking water defines civilization. Achieving the UN's SDG 6 promises dramatic improvement to the quality of life and longevity in some of the world's poorest nations.
We still face the reality that more than 2.3 billion people around the world lack access to improved sanitation facilities. That's one in three people. Progress has been very unequal, and for most of the world's most vulnerable and marginalized people, very little has changed.
The best showcase of this combination of chance and challenge for change is the worldwide water issue. The risks posed by floods, droughts, water pollution and the need for fresh water intertwine with the basic need for food, energy and prosperity.
More is at stake than individual health; international security is at risk. Experts have identified water as the number one global risk in terms of significant negative impact on countries in the coming decade. Water can either be a source of conflict or cooperation.
Installing toilets in India without addressing behavioral change has resulted in thousands of free toilets becoming storage sheds or chicken coops, while the owners continue to defecate outside.
Lack of adequate sanitation costs the world 260 billion dollars a year, which is more than the entire GDP of 140 countries.
Diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day -- more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. And nearly 88 percent of diarrhea can be traced to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
The urbanization of developing countries is already a dominant global trend, with more and more people projected to migrate to urban centers in coming decades: by the time you finish reading this sentence, the world's urban population will have increased by 10 people.
Opening the new community toilet may lack the glamour of cutting the ribbon on a new hospital, so fewer politicians lobby for their communities to gain sanitation.
It's expensive to be poor. So expensive in fact that people who live below a country's poverty line can end up paying 5-15x per liter of water compared to people who live above that poverty line.
The people of Guatemala are seeking justice. In the face of corruption, power, and violence they are demanding to be heard. We in the United States have a role in their struggle. We must say to our own government, "Not in my name."
The fall is my favourite season. The weather cools down and the baseball season heats up (have you seen the Toronto Blue Jays lately...). And for me since 2009 it also means charity: water's September campaign. As a known and unabashed admirer of Scott, his team and their work, I always look forward to seeing what they will do with their September campaign.
According to data from the Beverage Marketing Corporation (a market research firm), bottled water will outsell soda in America in ap...
No amount of money that I donated to a non-profit was going to do anything more than- possibly - provide a bowl of rice somewhere, which is a lot like sticking a Band-Aid on an amputation. What people needed more than anything were opportunities.
by guest blogger James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Rodale's Organic Life So, three issues into the brand-spanking new magazine Rodale's Organic Lif...
Severe dehydration can cause your entire body to malfunction. And when it's freaking hot out, you don't have to be running a marathon to be at risk.