Earth Day and World Water Day

As I sat in the gallery of the House of Representatives around 2pm April 17, 2007, a smattering* of representatives were speaking about passing a resolution to honor World Water Day on March 22. A bow-tie clad Member of the House asserted that every 15 seconds a child dies from lack of access to clean water. Yet he said we know how to provide a person with a year’s worth of clean water for less than the cost of a takeout pizza.

Amazing changes in attitude about human impact on the environment have come about in the decades since recognition of Earth Day began. If we really do need separate Earth and Water Days, let us hope Water Day awareness effects change in less than decades.

*Attendance was low and no votes would be taken that day in acknowledgement of the prior day’s tragedy at Virginia Tech.

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