Friday, 15 October 2010

Blog Action Day

Ever heard of it ........ nope me neither!  First I came across it was because my cousins daughter (so my second cousin???!!!???) posted a piece on it for her company.

Check it out here


Then I followed another link and found further information on it here

What has this all got to do with moving more or eating less I hear you ask??  Well we are constantly bombarded with "drink at least 2 litres of water a day" ... thats the short version!  Anyone ever hear this one???
"How Much Water do You Need to Drink?  A good estimate is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day. If you exercise you should drink another eight ounce glass of water for every 20 minutes you are active. If you drink alcohol, you should drink at least an equal amount of water." 
UUUUUUMMMMMMMM ..... personally I'll go for 2 litres a day and an extra 500mls for exercise ;-)
But lets stop and think a bit, we take for granted that we can turn a tap and water will come out!  This in not so for many millions of people around the world.  Here are a few facts (I'll post all links for full story/facts at the end):

  • Almost 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water
  • 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year and 443 million school days are lost because of water- and sanitation-related diseases
  • Many of these diseases are preventable
  • In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water

There are also a few water charities, take some time to have a look (I did), and think about the next time you turn your tap on or buy a bottle of water to drink.


The UN News Centre
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=35456&Cr=sanitation&Cr1UN NewsCentre


charity: water
http://www.charitywater.org/whywater/

Unicef
http://www.unicef.org.uk/putitright/story.aspx?child=Caroline&page=1&thesourceno=2196&approach=0CE07001&gclid=COK94KPm1KQCFQz-2Aod8xuNMQ

Water Charity
http://www.watercharity.org/

Water Aid
http://www.wateraid.org/uk/




Thank you for reading and an even bigger thank you if you have donated.

laraxx