The other day in my International Relations class my professor lectured on the North-South Gap. The North-South Gap is the gap between the more developed countries in the North and the less developed countries in the South. The gap refers to the amount of resources available in those regions. During this lecture, she told us about some of the things that most developing countries lack. One of those things was clean water. I was disappointed to hear this because it made me realize that we who live in the U.S. have it all and yet we complain about such dumb things while other people live in extreme poverty. Fortuntately, there are many people and organizations around the world who care and they are trying to help these countries get clean water.
According to UNICEF, nearly 900 million people don't have access to clean water. As a result, many children die of waterborne illnesses. To me, these statistics were staggering. It was kind of a wake-up call to be thankful for having access to clean water and to be more conscientious about not wasting it. I also realized that we take clean water for granted since we never think about how other people don't even have access to it. Through this lecture in class, I will not be wasterful with my water. I also plan to research how I can help these developing countries receive clean water they deserve.