Here we are at the last Friday of the month – one of my favorite days. It’s time for promoting positive news via We Are the World Blogfest. I love participating as an agent of pronoia along with dozens of other ambassadors highlighting little pockets of love and light for us all to celebrate.
The special lead co-hosts for this month are: Michelle Wallace, Shilpa Garg, Andrea Michaels, Peter Nena, and Emerald Barnes. You can participate by signing up here, and I encourage you to check out all the other bloggers participating as well.
I’ve been thinking a lot about water this month, particularly since earlier in September, the 18th to be exact, was World Water Monitoring Day. It’s an annual observation dedicated to global education to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by empowering citizens to carry out basic monitoring of their local bodies of water.
But aside from this particular personal focus, I think water has been on our collective minds a great deal this month for other reasons.
At least 41 million people are directly affected by flooding from the monsoons in Bangladesh, India, Nepal; and add in the flooding from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the number of people impacted is mind-boggling.
It’s ironic that just as there is immense suffering from too much water, it is estimated that there are 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending unimaginable hours trekking to distance sources or standing in line for access to water, and coping with the health impact of using contaminated water.
So I was delighted to discover the work of the “Peruvians Without Water” association, which is providing an innovate, low-tech, grass-roots solution to a major issue. There are 10 million people in Peru who don’t have access to basic water and sewer service. But check out this video to see what they’re doing to capture the “ocean in the sky.”
Being able to turn on the tap and have dependable access to clean safe water is a blessing I tend to take for granted, but in truth I think we all need to work harder to make that a reality for everyone everywhere. Kudos to those like Abel Cruz Gutiérrez for being wayshowers.