Thanks to Pia, I was just reminded that today was Blog Action Day when thousands of bloggers unite to discuss a single issue – poverty. The goal is to make some noise in the blogosphere and raise awareness. Of course, I couldn’t seem to get my act together in time to join up with the effort officially, but over here in California the day is not over yet…

So, I’ll grab this opportunity to talk about FLOW, a film that investigates the world water crisis. You’ve may have heard the statistic that 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have access to fresh, clean drinking water. Think about that. (That’s one in six people!) Arguably, this is THE most fundamental threat to impoverished people around the world. FLOW looks at the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply and the emergence of a world water cartel. This is scary shit of sci-fi proportions, a growing emergency we all need to understand. And fast. If you have an opportunity to see this film, see it!

The goal of Blog Action Day is to initiate action. So what can we do??? We can start by helping to fund water projects! I recently discovered a fantastic non-profit called Charity: Water on native kee. It’s an organization (founded by a NYC nightclub promoter who had a major come-to-Jesus) that funds and builds water projects like deep wells, water purification systems and water storage all over the world. Check it out, add it to your list of charities, and pass it along!

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