Today is World Water Day

I write about water often. It is one of the most, if not the most important resources in the world. People and animals can go many days without food, but not water. I found a clip on You’re A Bird’s tumblr page which led me to this powerful video. The short film was created by BDDP Unlimited, produced by HUSH, and directed by Clément Beauvais for Solidarités International. If you’d prefer, you can choose to watch the video in a different language. Solidarités International has started a campaign asking politicians for clean water for all and you can help by signing a petition. Here is the text translated to English:

Drinking water for all!

We, the undersigned of this petition, ask politicians to take the following actions:

1. A significant increase in financial resources access to safe water and sanitation.
To date, these resources are dramatically insufficient for the millions of human beings who are deprived.

2. A rapid availability of these funds for a humanitarian emergency, especially for the poorest countries affected by conflict or natural disasters. This is necessary to achieve the UN Millennium # 7: reduce, by 2015, 50% of the number of people without access to safe water and sanitation.

3. The creation of an International Agency for Water responsible for:
– Resource mobilization and management of their assignment,
– Promotion of integrated management of water,
– Coordination of actors,
– Implementation of decisions.

It will also ensure the strengthening of national governance and local capacity development and policy advocacy and education.

Along with the petition, The Huffington Post has an article up today with 8 ways to get involved for World Water Day, you can visit Solidarités International‘s page to find out more about the campaign and how you can help, Surfrider has a page dedicated to World Water Day with ways to cut down water use, and if you’re in the US (or even if you’re not and want to take part), EcoLogic has a quiz you can take to find out how much you know about water usage in the US. If you haven’t seen them yet, make sure to check out my water posts with a life tip, The Story of Bottled Water, and Levi’s Waterless Jeans campaign.