Having safe clean water is something we’re used to in the western world but it wasn’t so long ago that it was quite common for people to die through drinking from a dirty well.
Many picturesque villages up and down the country, many now housing well-heeled commuters, had poverty, squalor and disease a century ago.
Away from our privileged bubble currently 768 million people don’t have access to safe water and about 2.5 billion don’t have any proper sanitation. The abject poverty that used to exist in our country is still quite the norm for many in the rest of the world.
WaterAid is an exceptional international charity that is dedicated to doing all it can to putting this right. By their own actions and by encouraging governments they have a target to get safe water and sanitation to everyone by 2030. Yes it’s ambitious but great that this charity is trying. They are one of the official charities of the Glastonbury Festival and has the backing of Michael and Emily Evis who visited the projects in 2006 in Mozambique.
The following film will be shown on the screens at Glastonbury and WaterAid are asking for people to sign up the petition to put pressure on world leaders to help make this dream become a reality. The petition will be handed in to the UN General Assembly in New York, this September.
Watch the video and then sign up at www.wateraid.org/pumpupthevolume