My Dream For A Better World
My dream for a better world is for all people all around the planet to have clean water to drink. It would seem that this should be an easy dream to achieve since there appears to be water everywhere, but unfortunately, drinking water is the most important and scarce resource in the world. Living in the United States, we do not witness a problem with water. There is plenty of water for taking baths and showers. Sometimes, drinking water from the tap is a problem, but we can always buy bottled water. However, in other parts of the world, especially in developing countries in Africa and Asia, there is not any clean water for drinking. My dream is to find ways to bring clean water to the people who currently live without it.
People need water in order to survive. If there isn’t any clean water to drink, people end up drinking water from rivers or sources that may be polluted. More than 3.5 million people die from diseases caused by drinking polluted water every year. Approximately 18 percent of the world’s population is without clean drinking water. What would you do if you were thirsty and there wasn’t clean water to drink? Famous movie actor, Matt Damon believes everyone should have clean water to drink and has helped design a limited edition water bottle for charity. He co-founded water.org to make people aware of developing nations and their lack of safe water. The proceeds from the sale of the water bottle will be given to the underdeveloped areas that need to have clean water.
Access to clean water should be something we shouldn’t even have to think about; it should just be available. The lack of clean drinking water goes against basic human rights. People should not be dying from dehydration or from diseases they catch from unclean water. Water is an important part of our daily diet. According to the food pyramid, we need to eat fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein, legumes and oils. We do get some water from the foods we eat, but it is not enough to keep us healthy. We must drink several glasses of water every day. Water is very important to our bodies. It helps move nutrients and oxygen through our bodies. Water also helps the body absorb nutrients. Water in your body protects your organs and joints. It also helps eliminate waste and regulates your body temperature. The human body is 50 to 70 percent water, while our blood is 84 percent water, our muscles are 75 percent water and our bones are 22% water. This is why everyone should have clean water to drink; our bodies need water.
Efforts are being made to help bring water to areas without it, but it is a slow process. 1.3 billion people have gained access to clean water since 1990, but there are still many more that do not have access. Companies like DEKA Research have been working on water purification systems. They have a developed a system, called Slingshot which actually works. It can purify and remove clean water from ocean water, polluted river water and sewage. It does this without using too much electricity. Two Slingshots were tested in a small village in Honduras and they worked perfectly. This seems like a perfect solution, however the Slingshot is not for sale yet and unfortunately it is very expensive; one machine costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to build.
The world needs major political and technological improvements before it is too late. Water demand keeps increasing because of population growth. Not only do people need water, it is also needed for agriculture. Plans need to be invented for using less water in food development, collecting rain water and better irrigation methods. Dams and pipelines should be built to help move water from places that have excess clean water to areas that do not have. We should support companies like the Vestergaard Frandsen Group which created the LifeStraw, which can filter as much as 185 gallons of surface water. Many famous people like Kirstie Alley, Alyssa Milano and Matt Damon are trying to make the world more aware of the drinking water crisis. We should all make this our dream, because every person living on Earth deserves clean drinking water.
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