Have you heard of Blog Action Day and clean water access? Have you heard that a lack of access to clean drinking water kills 42,000 people each week? Or how about the fact that more people have access to a mobile phone than to a toilet?
Almost 1 billion people across the world do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. A combined total of 109 million hours is walked by women and children every day in Africa to access clean water. The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world where a shocking 4,500 children die each day from a lack of basic sanitation facilities and exposure to unsafe water.
Blog Action Day is an annual event that brings bloggers together to post about a worthy cause. Now in its fourth year, it has already covered environmental issues, poverty and climate change. This year registered bloggers from over 116 different countries are using the power of the internet to raise awareness around clean water access by taking today, 15th October, to write about the issue.
At BioMed Central we are well-aware of how effective the internet is in aiding the progression of global society, through scientific research and other disciplines. Add the Blog Action Day widget to your blog and use the web to spread the watery word.