Today is World Water Day, and the term is already trending pretty hard on Twitter. And for good reason too. World Water Day is aimed at raising awareness around water sanitation issues, which are rather prevalent on a planet where people are more likely to have cellphones than toilets. While it may not be the most talked about issue, Water.org estimates that diarrhea kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.
World Water Day hopes to raise awareness, as well as raise some funds for issues ranging from clean drinking water, to digging new wells, to basic sanitation and hygiene. If you’re looking to get involved and show your support for water sanitation issues world-wide, we’ve collected some ways that you can join in.
How You Can Help
The United Nations: The U.N. has created a social media outreach aimed at gathering opinion, thought and support around water issues. Check out its Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr pages dedicated to World Water Day.
One Week for Water: Run by a coalition of major organizations, the site asks you to donate your digital voice in support. By signing up on Twitter or Facebook, the site will post daily updates on your account informing your social network of friends and acquaintances about how they can help. The coalition includes names like CARE, charity: water, Procter & Gamble, Save the Children, Water.org, and many more.
Water.org: This site has all sorts of ways you can help, but check out my.water.org for a first-hand look at how you can help it bring water to a community in Haiti. Check out Water.org for even more ways to help.
Groupon: Yup, even Groupon (in partnership with Water.org) is getting into the spirit. One of its daily deals allows you to “purchase” a matching donation. For every $15 donation to Water.org, an anonymous donor with pledge another $10 donation up to $20,000.
Gowalla: This geo-location platform has created a special World Water Day pin. Users can create an event under the World Water Day category. Checkins to that spot will then receive the pin.