WORLD WATER DAY Has Passed
World Water Day was Friday, March 22,and the theme this year was “Water for society – Including all.” This is extremely fitting considering the condition we have reached regarding fresh water worldwide.
We are in the middle of a worldwide water crisis, but the issue has hit a lot closer to home as of the last five years, with problems hitting several areas of the United States.
In 2016, around 750 million people were without clean drinking water and now less than 5 years later, there are around 845 million people without it — 1 in 10 people. There are 2 billion people worldwide without ready access to fresh water. In undeveloped areas in Africa and Asia, women walk on average 3.7 miles per day to collect water. In developing countries, as much as 80 percent of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions, and there are more deaths from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.
Holistic nurses are dedicated to the care of the whole person and promoting better health and wellness. This year on World Water Day, please be mindful and promote a culture of conservation to begin to address this issue of a lack of fresh water globally.
Statement by the American Holistic Nurses Association, submitted by Judy Fasone in the Dispatch 3-18-19