Ever since I started volunteering for UUSC, clean water/water rights have been near and dear to me. The thought of people dying over something as basic as drinking water breaks my heart. It is so easy to take for granted that when we turn on the faucet: 1. Water will come out and 2. It is safe to drink. While some areas of the world have always had water issues, I feel with all the climate change going on, even more people are being dramatically affected.
According to UUSC, "Around the world, 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. Each year, dehydration from disease claims the lives of nearly 2 million children." Additionally, many countries charge people for water. People who are barely surviving have to literally pay at the pump to get water. I encourage you all to go to UUSC's site (http://www.uusc.org/) to read more about this important issue.
This wonderful video is making the rounds on the blogosphere and is a great way to start to get involved. I love it for its alternative view on the holidays and ways to make a difference to so many people.