You don't have to grow up in a farm town though to understand that clean water is fundamental to our daily lives.
Many of us have fond memories of playing at our neighborhood pond or taking a swim in the local river. Before 1972, that identity was threatened. Back then, levels of toxic pollution in our waters were so high that a river in Ohio caught fire. Americans deserved better, and millions of voices called for change.
Speakers at last week's State of the Coast or SOC 2014 conference at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans balanced grim projections for Louisiana's low-lying areas with possible solutions.
When we think of electric power plants and pollution, we often think of air pollution and climate change, and especially when it comes to coal-fired power plants. But power plants are also huge polluters of our waterways -- our streams, rivers, and lakes.
Sky Wash is uniting a community of Georgia businesses and influencers during the week of World Water Day, March 21-28, to raise awareness of the global need for clean water by providing water filters to serve more than 65,000 people.
As we think about World Water Day, we need to work so that everyone has access to clean, safe, life-saving water. We also need to lift the burden for women and girls who already lose so much of their lives walking to wells.
Like many Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war in their country, Sabeen has found another crisis in Jordan: water scarcity.
In 2010, Water For People set out to support small scale entrepreneurs to be in a position to solve this problem for customers in Blantyre. One of these was a man named Matthias John.
For too long, we have paid little attention to our planet's most crucial natural resource: water. Sadly, most of what we hear is not great news -- massive contaminations, scarcity, areas of high stress and more. This isn't exactly reassuring.
It was still dark and cool when 13-year-old Letikiros walked out the door to get water. She never came home. At 4 p.m. a man found her lifeless body swinging from a tree, a rope tied around her neck.
When I asked her how she saw her future, she didn't bat an eye. "I want to go to secondary school and university," she told me, "I want to become a doctor."
Difficulties shaving their legs or washing their hair, inventive ways of cooking a meal or washing the dishes... It's amazing how the experience sticks with you, even after it's over.
Those of us who are lucky enough to live in countries with high-quality tap water take it for granted. Go to your tap, draw a glass of water, and drink it. Then remember that nearly a billion people still do not have reliable access to safe, affordable tap water and cannot do what you've just done.
Across the country, our Great Waters, which are recognized for their national significance, provide drinking water for millions, support critical jobs...
History is full of lessons for how water crises could have been avoided or better managed. On World Water Day, this March 22, I urge governments to act now so that history will show that we took resolute action when needed, rather than leave us with costly regrets.
Although 2 degrees Celsius of warming is widely considered to be the upper safe limit, such a temperature rise will usher in changes not seen for some 115,000 years.