If you’re sitting and enjoying a mid morning coffee whilst you’re reading this, just pause for a moment’s reflection.
Research into food footprints conducted by Water Footprint has revealed that it takes 140 litres of water to create one standard 125ml cup of coffee. That’s one hundred and forty litres.
If you’re sipping tea, the figure is a little better, but it probably still took about 35 litres of water to produce your lovely cup of chai.
It’s a fact that water consumption in the west is often excessive and it’s not just the water that flows from our own kitchen taps that we should be trying to conserve, but also the millions of gallons that is used around the world to make the products for which we seem to have developed an insatiable appetite. From food crops to cotton, our impact on the water supplies of other countries is never ending.
Meanwhile, whilst we take for granted the ease of switching on a tap or picking up a bottle of water on the way to the office, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water.
Unsafe water and lack of proper sanitation causes more deaths every year than all types of violence, including wars. Children are at particular risk from unclean water, as they are often not strong enough to fight the infections and illnesses that it can cause.
In July 2010 the UN General Assembly declared that access to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right, essential to the full enjoyment of life. They called on all United Nations member states and international organisations to provide technology, resources and funding to help less developed countries to improve their access and availability to clean affordable drinking water.
Today, it is Blog Action Day and the world is working together to highlight the plight of those without clean drinking water. Together, we can start to make a change to the lives of millions of people worldwide. Please add your voice to the petition.