Saturday, August 20, 2011

Water & Success

 -- Quote of the Day --

"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons, and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded

~ Ralph Emerson

-- Recommended Resources --

Water is on everyone's mind this time of year - getting it, mostly. The search for good clean water, water that is not poisoned or tainted in some way, for our children and families to drink. Here in North America we are fairly rich in water, as are some areas in Europe, but places like Africa and Australia are really suffering. Water conservation is finally becoming the norm in North America with water saving appliances, faucets, and sink aerator attachments... not to mention things like waterless and low-flow toilets. People are becoming very proactive about this resource and it is great to see so many organizations and individuals making huge advancements for the planet. 

Today I'd like to share two resources within the water genre that I hope you'll take the time to check out:

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) addresses the declining state of the world's supply of fresh water and the lack of access to clean water services by the world's poorest people. It brings together the talents and experiences of seven leading international organizations—Action Against Hunger—USA, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, International Union for Conservation of Nature, International Institute for Environment and Development, Oxfam America and SOS Sahel UK—to work out effective solutions.

The creation of the GWI comes at a time when more than 1 billion people lack access to improved water sources and more than 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s largest global environmental network, with more than 1,000 members and 11,000 volunteer scientists. The IUCN Water Program seeks to bring together this extensive network to support and develop sustainable solutions and initiatives for our planet’s most precious asset, fresh water. Their efforts reach out to more than 30 countries offering help on mainstream environmental issues in water resource planning and management, for the benefit of both people and nature.  

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