Updated: Jul 18
As extreme heat waves soar from Europe to the US to Japan (Al Jazeera), access to safe, clean water is never more essential. With 70 % of the Earth covered in water, one wouldn't think that there should be a global water crisis. Yet here we are. The United Nations held its first water conference in 50 years earlier this year, declaring that "our progress on water-related goals and targets remains alarmingly off track, jeopardizing the entire sustainable development agenda." (the UN 2023 Water Conference)
Indeed, without access to clean water, there is no escaping from poverty and hunger, and there can be no health and well-being. It is under this urgent and far-reaching threat, we are launching the next Buddies Without Borders Online Forum - AquaAlliance. Starting next weekend, teens around the world will kick off their inquiry into understanding the social-economic impact of the global water crisis. They will create awareness campaigns targeting teens and brainstorm fundraising events to purchase clean water for refugees.
To help us kick off the event is H20forLife.
Mitchell LeGrand is the Educational Programs Manager at H2OforLife, a nonprofit dedicated to educating students on how they can take action on the global water crisis. He works with schools, teachers, and students that support W.A.S.H. (water, access, sanitation, and hygiene) interventions. He has worked with H2OforLife for four years but participated in the program as a high school student. His educational background is in global studies and political economics, with his research being on the intersection of education and peacebuilding, both of which are essential to his work at H2OforLife. With nearly a decade of nonprofit and education experience, Mitchell is always excited to work with young people who want to change the world!
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