For your trip to Paris, did you add “sparkling water fountains” to your to-do list because they sound cool?
I know I did! Although there’s reportedly one fontaine pétillante in each of the 20 arrondissements in Paris, I didn’t see a single fountain that dispensed sparkling water when I visited last spring. Oh, well. NBD.
Really. Missing the sparkling water fountains was No Big Deal
Really. It’s no big deal when you consider all of the heartbreaking stories about people in the world who cannot access one of life’s basic needs: clean water! Whether it’s due to natural scarcity, poorly maintained infrastructure, or political interference, the global water crisis is completely mind blowing! For instance:
- The water crisis in the American city of Flint, Michigan has been going on since 2014
- People in the Philippines chase firetrucks or take water from swimming pools
- School children in Ukraine fetch water from a well or river in a conflict zone
- People in Venezuela seek water from sewage drains
How you can help provide water for all
Today (March 22) is World Water Day and here are a few things you can do to help because water scarcity is a global crisis that cannot be ignored.
- Appreciate your access to clean water
- Donate money to a water-related organization
- Increase awareness by reading more about water scarcity and talking to others about it
- Recognize that bottled/canned water is a luxury
- Reduce your water use
- Run for fun in support of a water-related charity
…And Savor the experience when you finally encounter that fountain of sparkling water in Paris because what flows from it is truly what makes it a big deal.