Blog 12 Topic:
This last week, I want you to make a contribution to the future of this course and to one another. Select one website, book, or organization that has spoken to any of the problems/issues in this course and inspired you. It cannot be one that was assigned for this course... if you don't know of any, go find one! Post the link on your blog (if a book, post a link to its Amazon page). Describe what it is, what you learned from it, how it speaks to the specific issue we tackled in this course, and what you would hope other students would gain from it.
One topic that really struck me this semester in class was the issue of access to water for so many people living in poverty. Nearly a billion people don’t have access to clean and safe water. A lot of the water people use are dirty and can be diseased and unsafe- but most of the time that is the only water people have access to. This really affected me especially after taking the Ecological Footprint Analysis test that determined how many earths it would take to sustain my lifestyle is everyone lived the way I lived. I think of the showers I take, the water bottles I buy, the drinking fountains provided everywhere etc. It saddens me to know that others can’t even get clean drinking water to keep them hydrated and healthy.
One organization that I found was called The Water Project their website is www.thewaterproject.org. Their main mission is to provide clean safe drinking water to people in other countries especially in Africa, one village at a time. They are a non-profit and use the donations to drill fresh water wells and other sustainable water projects. They also provide sanitation and hygiene training. The organization shows every donor the specific impact that their donation has mad through pictures, stories, and maps of every project. I think this is a great organization that could help create sustainable clean water for many people in need.
Another organization that I know of that I’m sure many others have heard of is UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund). They are a non-profit that provides help and support for children in need around the world. I have personally donated to them and receive weekly updates on current issues going on in the world. They have a program called WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) that works in more than 90 countries around the world to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices. In emergencies they provide urgent relief to communities and nations threatened by disrupted water supplies and disease. All UNICEF WASH programs are designed to contribute to the Millennium Development Goal for water and sanitation: to reduce in half by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation. Their website is www.unicef.org/wash.
I have been inspired to conserve water and use it more wisely. I feel that people in first world countries often take for granted how lucky we truly are. Here is another link to a website that I think would help people conserve water in their day-to-day lives: http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-t
This class has really opened my eyes to major issues of poverty and environmental issues going on in the world. I know that everything I learned in this class will impact my future career decisions and lifestyle. This course has taught me that anthropological studies are very important when studying global issues and that organizations like the ones I have linked about above are important to support these issues and to work on ways to find solutions for them. I think we are all more conscious now of how we can affect and help change the world for the better even in a small way one step at a time.