For the first time ever, more than half of the earth’s population lives in cities. In the early 19th century, only two in 10 people lived in urban areas. By 1990, that number rose to about four in ten, says the World Health Organization.
And by 2050, seven out of 10 people will live in a city.
More than ever, it’s essential that urban growth – especially in the developing world – be coupled with effective waste and water management. As the population grows and the impacts of climate change increase, our cities must evolve.
This is the message that the Earth Day Network wants to drive home this April 22. For more than 40 years, this date has marked Earth Day – a day to increase awareness of and appreciation for the earth’s natural environment.
A theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Green Cities,” a campaign to help cities and communities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint.
Pure Water for the world is implementing sustainable water and sanitation solutions in communities throughout Haiti and Honduras, two of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.
This Earth Day, help us continue to address one of the most pressing issues in Haiti and Honduras: clean water and safe sanitation access. Here are some ways that you can help!