The united nations has come up with 17 global goals

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The United Nations has come up with 17 global goals they hope to achieve by the year 2030. The sixth goal on this list addresses clean water and sanitation. The United Nations (n.d.) aims to achieve global access to safe water, global access to sanitation stations, reduce dumping in water, and protect water resources such as rivers and lakes among many other goals. They are already making progress by educating people in those countries through civic engagement. The United Nations (n.d.) invites everyone to “walk the talk.” People who want to make a difference in the world can do so by making simple changes to everyday choices. For example, walking or biking versus driving a gas-powered vehicle reduces CO 2 emissions and lessens pollution to water. Using grey water to nourish the lawn is a way to save water. Flushing the toilet only after excreting waste or installing energy efficient toilets will also save water. There is a product called Piipee that neutralizes the color and smell of urine eliminating the need to flush after urinating. The product is not yet available to consumers, but it has saved millions of liters of water in big businesses who have tested it thus far (State of California, n.d.). If an individual has a choice to make said changes, organizations such as Rotary, The Water Project, and the United
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE 7 Nations are encouraging people to do so through social media, word of mouth, pamphlets, fliers, and web pages. Building relationships and facilitating dialog in diverse communities is a form of civic engagement that helps address issues such as lack of access to clean water. However, building relationships are often complicated for people who have not spent abundant time in the community. Someone who wants to educate people in the community but is an outsider might not be able to gain access to members because he or she is not trusted. There are also other barriers to gaining access to a community such as a language, religious beliefs, and cultural beliefs. Sometimes people in impoverished communities might not trust someone coming from a government agency or someone who has a high education either because they might feel coerced or tricked into doing something unethical. Therefore, it is important to recruit people from the community to become involved in civic engagement. For example, someone involved in facilitating a youth group or who distributes information to the community might be more willing to hear what one has to say and how he or she can help give the city more access to clean water. Then that one person who is now educated can recruit others to spread messages about sanitation and clean water access in varied ways. Eventually, the idea is for there to be a group of people who come from the community that are educating others through civic participation. Healthy and safe choices are then made, and the community will create enough awareness to make changes to sanitation and access to clean drinking water with the help of the outside agency or organization.
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  • Winter '18
  • Week 1 Assignment 1, Water supply, Drinking water, Water crisis, Water supply network, Clean Water Initiative

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