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Water Issues Abound Locally and Worldwide

Too much, too little, too polluted, too inaccessible. Over 1.5 billion people do not have access to clean, safe water. Almost 4 million people die each year from water-related diseases! Horrifically, a child dies of a water-born disease about every 15 seconds.

National Garden Clubs, Inc., as an organization, has been focusing on water-related issues for some time, but now we must increase our efforts to shift public perception of the value of water.

We must prompt governing bodies and companies to view clean water, not as a commodity, but as an endangered resource. Additionally, we must educate and encourage garden club members to take a more active role in addressing water issues in their communities and states.

Globe Scan and SustainAbility conducted a poll of over 1200 international experts in 80 countries concerning the global freshwater crisis. This resulted in a list of key solutions to the question, "What are the technologies or changes in behavior which show the most promise for addressing water shortages over the next 10 years?" Utilizing these keys for addressing fresh water issues, as garden club members, we can make a world of difference in our local regions because our choices do matter.

As garden clubs and as individuals we should be aware of the issues facing our water supply; not just locally, but nationwide and worldwide - and taking steps to make a difference by making wise choices in the conservation and protection of our water resources - blue gold.

Our Mission

National Garden Clubs, Inc. believes it is imperative that we support and undertake proactive initiatives for the protection, conservation and restoration of the quality of the Nation's coastal waters, wetlands, aquifers, watersheds, lakes, rivers and streams, through educational programs, conservation efforts, increased advocacy and partnerships with related government agencies, and state and national grassroots water coalitions.

 

Conservation Pledge

I pledge to protect and conserve the natural resources of the planet earth and promise to promote education so we may become caretakers of our air, water, forests, land and wildlife.