Champions of the Global Goals: Brandi Fulmer
When I was first introduced to the Sustainable Development Goals, I was immediately drawn to Goal #6: Clean Water and Sanitation. The idea that as of 2015, the world’s population as a whole does not have access to water, sanitation, hygiene, and water resource management is baffling.
Having been born and raised in a small Texas town, I always had access to clean running water and sanitation. It wasn’t until I traveled to Acuna, Mexico for a church mission trip that I understood how clean water was a necessity to which not everyone is given.
Water, being one of the basic human needs, is something that is seemingly easy to obtain. However, many locations across the world do not have the appropriate resources to provide it for everyone. The effects of this deficit are:
- An estimated 663 million people do not have access to clean water.
- 4 billion people around the world do not have access to adequate sanitation.
- Greater than 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diseases every day.
To stop this epidemic, it must be viewed as the global issue that it is. The more corporations and non-profit organizations that are involved with operations to provide the resources necessary to impact this issue, the more lives will be positively affected, if not saved. By focusing cost-effective solutions on clean water and sanitation from now until 2030 as proposed by the Sustainable Development Goals, we are provided with a powerful platform to bring this mission to fruition.
Learn more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and see how you can support Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation.