A Tribute to Water

Water is an amazing thing. When you only see a little of, it can look soft and almost sad. Like a little tear.

A Drop from my Faucet

Yet, in large amounts, it can be scary. Like it may just sweep you away in its current, only deciding to release you once you’ve been sufficiently relocated down stream.

Sliding Rock: Just down from the Blue Ridge Parkway outside Brevard, NC.

Water knows very few obstacles it can’t hurl itself over, around, or through.

High Falls in Brevard North Carolina at the Dupont State Forest

The blend of power and grace can sometimes be breathtaking.

An Oregon Waterfall

In the Bible, water is often used as a symbol for people (Revelation 17:15). People, just like water, can be beautiful and lonely, or scary and powerful. Scientists say that Humans are even made of around 60% water. One Japanese scientist, Masaru Emoto, believes that humans can actually transfer emotions through water!

Water is important. Depending on your health and how active you are, Doctors recommend drinking around 8-9 cups of water a day to stay healthy & hydrated. Water and Humanity are connected.

Sadly, Humanitarian organizations (like www.charitywater.org go ahead, check it out! Seriously- it’ll rock your world!) say that “In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water” and that “One in eight people on the planet drinks water that’s likely to make them sick.” Charitywater.org also says that “Almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.” Studies say that the availability of clean water does more than taste good too: “Clean water alone can reduce water-related deaths by 21%, Sanitation alone can reduce water-related deaths by 37.5%, and Hand-washing alone can reduce water-related deaths by 45%” The sad part is it would only take about 40 Million dollars to provide everyone in the world with clean drinking water, which is about what American’s spend on Ice Cream every year…

So what can you do? Well for starters- it you can- head to your local faucet, fill your cup, and take a swig. Was it good? Awesome! Now you have a choice. 1) take another drink & think about how good it is to not be in one of “those” countries that can’t enjoy this refreshment. Or 2) do something to help change it.

www.charitywater.org

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