Put down your Candy Crush and save lives

I turn on the faucet. The water flows clear and cool against my hands. I fill up my Nalgene bottle and take a long drink. I am grateful.

Water is a necessity for life, yet clean drinkable water is a privilege for most. 750 million people do not have access to safe water. Every minute a child dies of a water related disease.

Today is a good day to think about water. It's World Water Day. As I mentioned in my post on Friday, thousands around the world will celebrate this day with water blessings, spread awareness about water related issues, and even hold a synchronized meditation at 6PM PST. If you have easy access to clean water it's one of those things that is easy to take for granted. We often forget that millions around the world don't have access to it or actually suffer because of their exposure to unsafe water. Today is the day to remember, and start a habit of keeping it in mind.

Maybe you won't participate in the meditation or other World Water Day events there are some Small Acts you can practice this month, today, and every day to make the most of the water you have the privilege of accessing. One of the most impressive, easiest, and most innovative, in my opinion, is number 9: sacrificing 15 minutes of phone time to fund a day of water for a child in need.

  1. Take shorter showers
  2. Take less showers 
  3. Turn the water off when you brush your teeth 
  4. Fill one side of the sink with dish washing water rather than letting it run the whole time
  5. Use left over cups of drinking water to water your house plants
  6. Invest in a rain harvesting system for your home
  7. Regularly check and fix leaky faucets and toilets
  8. Simply be grateful that you have access to safe water
  9. Spend 15 minutes not using your smart phone for emails, calls, texts, games or social time and Unicef Tap Project will fund one day of water for children who don't have access around the world.
  10. Donate your next birthday via Facebook toward raising funds to help those without access to clean water get it
  11. Check out over 100+ more  ways you can save water