Sir George meets Alan Hitch, who will be running in the London Marathon to raise money for Water Aid.
"Water Aid depends on people like Alan to fund its vital, life-giving work. £10 can secure someone a supply of safe water for life. We can help more people in developing countries to help themselves to a better future by supporting Water Aid. 2.2 million people die every year from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water. 1.1 billion do not have access to safe water."
Sir George signed the petition, urging the Government to promote and secure an international agreement and action plan to halve the number of people without adequate sanitation by 2015.
Extract from Water Aid's literature.
We all depend on water to enable us to live... for drinking, to grow our food, to dispose of our waste, and for a healthy environment. Water is a life-giving resource. It enables our bodies to function at their most basic level; it also helps stop fatigue, headaches, dry skin, poor concentration, aches and pains - all those things that help us keep pace with our fast-moving lives. In the UK we have safe and relatively cheap water at the turn of a tap; but for others it is a different story...
Over one billion people lack access to safe affordable water, and over two billion people lack adequate sanitation. Water related diseases are the largest cause of death in the world.
If that wasn't enough, global consumption of water is not keeping pace with demand. As the world's population grows and demand for water increases, the UN predicts that two out of three people will be living with water shortages by 2025. There is a growing global water crisis; action by all governments and people is essential. To make this happen your urgent action is needed!
Now can I make a splash?...
Many people do not realise that there is a global water crisis developing; and even fewer realise that they can be part of the solution! Water Matters is a simple and powerful way for you and your church to make a splash for the world's poor!
Throw a stone into a lake and the ripples impact the whole lake. Similarly with Water Matters: your action will send ripples through the corridors of Westminster and Whitehall to the Earth Summit 2002;* ultimately affecting thousands of communities, changing the lives of millions, affecting the whole surface of the world!
The bigger the stone thrown in the lake the bigger the impact; likewise the more people you ask to sign the Water Matters petition the bigger the impact it will have with the UK government, with the UN Earth Summit, and in the lives of the world's poorest people.
For details of how to help, see website below