“It’s possible to finance the drinking water supply in the majority of countries worldwide by the year 2030,” says Dr. Michael Jacob, lead author of the study from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin. In India alone, a carbon tax would generate around 115 billion US dollars a year, ”and only a fraction of that would be needed for clean water, meaning that enough money would remain for sanitation and electricity,” said the researcher. In fact, the needed infrastructure for this second largest country of the world would consume only about four percent of the revenue from the tax. Continue reading
The global goal 6 is to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. Many of us don’t think twice about turning on a tap to get clean water, but for 750 million people worldwide that’s not an option. And incredibly, more people have access to a mobile phone than a toilet – a staggering 2.5 billion don’t have decent sanitation facilities. Continue reading
This September 2015, the craziest thing we can do is nothing. Doing nothing is crazy! Continue reading
On 15th July 2015, my name was presented to the UK Government on a petition of 115,056 signatures asking them to support a Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation. Back in March 2015 when WaterAid UK launched the #MakeItHappen petition, they were hoping for 100,000 signatures – it seemed ambitious at the time, but I helped in exceeding all their expectations! This is because of my passion for clean water and sanitation and also because of over 100,000 people like me who are concerned about clean water and sanitation.
And it wasn’t just any old petition hand-in. To make sure it really stuck in the minds of decision-makers, WaterAid Uk were outside the UK Parliament, where they invited the parliament to experience a time when sanitation was the hot topic in Westminster – the ‘Great Stink’ of 1858.
There was an incredible turnout of over 100 MPs and Lords who came back to Victorian London to be reminded of the day when Parliament took action to end the sanitation crisis here in the UK – a pioneering decision which transformed all of our lives. Thanks to everyone else who signed the petition, they were left in no doubt that the British public want to see them show the same initiative to end the global sanitation crisis today.
We kicked up a stink, and it was all thanks to you – we were so proud to represent you all – WaterAid UK
The Sustainable Development Goals won’t be announced until the end of September but the final negotiations will be going on over the summer so the timing of the event was critical. I’m glad we could make this possible.
You should join us now and sign the WaterAid’s Make It Happen petition for a world where everyone, everywhere has clean water to drink and a safe place to go the toilet by 2030.
It’s an exciting time as the prospect of getting water and sanitation firmly on the international agenda starts to become very real – I’m delighted that you’re going to be a part of it. As it’s such a critical moment in the campaign and this opportunity won’t come around again for another 15 years, I ask you to add your name too? You can do this by going to www.wateraid.org/everyone. It’s so important.
The Sustainable Development Goals will be agreed at the end of September 2015, when I very much hope I’ll be able to share your part in a fantastic campaign success that will mean an end to the water and sanitation crisis is finally in sight.
For my birthday in 2014, I started a campaign on Charity: Water which I wrote about on My Birthday Dream. I asked for at least six dollars ($6) each from everyone I know. The aim was to raise money which will directly fund clean water projects in Ethiopia. Though, I was not looking forward to raise all the funds needed but I believe I could raise a few which will be used as part of the funds for water projects in Ethiopia. Continue reading