|Clean water vs. Dirty water: Which one would you choose?
Many people think of water as unlimited, however it’s not, it’s a finite resource. Although 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water less than 3% is fresh water, and .08% is viable as water suitable for human and animal consumption, meaning that nearly 1 billion people go without clean water everyday. Internationally more people have mobile phones than access to a toilet. The number of people lacking access to clean water is equal to 2 ½ times the United States.
|Enraging and Engaging – Inspired by Rose George & Let’s Talk Crap…
There are 1.7 billion cases of diarrhea every year.That’s 1 in 5 children worldwide. We’ve all had diarrhea, it’s inconvenient, and annoying, but at most means a day off from work or school, a visit to the doctor, and a little medicine. In the United States adults have diarrhea about four times a year, while children will experience the 7 to 15 episodes before their fifth birthday.
|Why Water is a Basic Human Need
How often do you think about the water you’re using when you take a shower, wash your clothes, or flush the toilet? Probably not often. But… Water is a basic human need that links us all.
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day in fact 3x more people lack water around the world than live in the United States.
|Have you heard about Deepika Kurup and her Solar-Powered Water Purifier?
There are a plethora of problems that plague the planet. Famine, disease, dirty water… After a visit to India, one young girl, Deepika Kurup, was inspired to find a solution to unsafe drinking water. Deepika Kurup invented a device that harnesses solar power to disinfect water at a rate much more substantial than existing technologies, an invention that has the potential to provide clean water for people across the globe.
|The Most Important Invention – the Toilet?
If someone were to ask you what the most important contribution to international health has been EVER, what would you say? Vaccines? Penicillin? Most people are surprised to learn that the invention that has saved the most lives since it’s inception is actually the toilet.
| Jack Andraka – An inspiring Teenager
Upon hearing the story of Jack Andraka, a 15-year old teenager who developed a quick, easy and simple way for the early detection of pancreatic cancer, I started to think of the many ways that young people are contributing to our global progress.