guide to: World’s longest toilet line, facts, events and what you can do for World Water Day

photo courtesy of photographer Scott Harrison for Need Magazine via flickr

photo courtesy of photographer Scott Harrison for Need Magazine via flickr

As we celebrate World Water Day, lets first get our facts about water straight, courtesy of water.org:

* Less than one percent of the world’s water is readily accessible for direct human use

* Only 62% of the world’s population has access to improved sanitation

* 98% of water-related deaths occur in the developing world

* Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease

After internalizing these facts, it should now make sense that millions around the world are coming together on World Water Day to raise global awareness about the global water crisis.

The India-based Gramalaya organization has partnered with water.org to organize a World Water Day event at the National Institute of Water and Sanitation Training Centre in Kolakkudipatti village, India. Gramalaya is expecting over 25,000 women from hundreds of villages and slums who will travel on foot, on bikes and on crowded buses to participate in this day of action. They will join elected officials, international organizations, and community leaders to rally for support for water and sanitation.

All over the world, people will be joining together from March 20-22 to create the “World’s Longest Toilet Queue.” Campaigners will gather to line up at toilets in various locations in hopes of setting a Guinness World Record for the world’s longest toilet queue. They hope to get the attention of government officials, who will be meeting just one month later on April 22 to discuss what needs to be done to provide the world with access to clean water and safe toilets. Get involved by joining a queue near you or by starting your very own!

In addition to the events of World Water Day, water.org and one.org are launching their oneWEEKforWATER.org campaign encouraging people all over the world to donate their Facebook and twitter statuses to the promotion of water and sanitation awareness. This online campaign will take place from March 22-26 and will celebrate the 200 million people who have gained access to safe water over the last ten years, but also remind people of the work that remains to provide water and sanitation to all corners of the world.

What else can you do?

* Visit the United Nation’s event guide to find an official World Water Day event near you

* Write your representative and urge action on the global water crisis

* Enter the World Water Day writing contest and get posted on the Pulitzer Center’s website

* Join in on World Water Day lobbying activities in Washington, DC

March 22, 2010 by Annie
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