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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Save the World Saturday: The Weight of Water

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines water in this way:
wa·ter: the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C, has a maximum density at 4° C and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent
I have a much simpler definition:
Water is life.
Over 37, 000 children under the age of five in the world die every year as a result of unsafe water and unsanitary living conditions.
Charity: Water is an organization that was brought to my attention by my good friend Erica of Digital Dimensions (aka @Ekwoman). Here is a video that explains a little more about what they do and why they do it:

I encourage you to read some their informational page as well.
You can help. There are a number of ways to get involved and, of course, you can donate as well. In fact, Erica has extended her personal fundraising campaign, so please drop in on her Gifts With Meaning 2.0 page and give a few bucks toward the cause.
If one of your resolutions for 2011 is to be more charitable, I can't really think of a better place to start.

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