Having grown up in Southern California, I’d like to say that I know something about drought and water conservation. In reality, I know nothing at all. Sure, my home state is mostly consists of an environment that suffers if it doesn’t receive the annual amount of rainwater to sustain its bodies of water. Between global warming and human over-consumption, it has become a mega-problem. For some people, it’s a big deal and for others, it’s whatever (I’m making an assumption that some individuals that don’t care too much about this subject may use this fun phrase when referring to the drought).
When doing a bit of web-search, I found that California has its own man-made circulation system with canals that carries in water from mountains to where the people are. There are thousands of places to consume water without worrying about disease.
Did you know that the global water crisis takes away 3.4 millions live each and every year??? (*) Because so many people don’t have access to clean water, water-related diseases kill 1 out of 5 children under the age of 5. (*)
So why am I writing about this? What’s just another charity or organization? Well, I have been looking to give back for some time and haven’t found something that matches my interests. Ok, I have volunteered at some races and at the local soup kitchen through New York Cares but I wanted something that I am truly passionate about (very millennial thing to say). In its own words, Janji is a running apparel brand that helps provide water for those in need.
All runners understand the importance of water in their daily lives. There’s the daily routine of hydrating and of course the crucial pre/mid/post run and/or race refuel. But what about the areas that aren’t so fortunate to have clean water as a basic necessity? Well, proceeds from apparel purchases go towards organizations that help to end global water crisis. I’m excited and fortunate enough to say that I will be able to support Janji for the next year and hopefully beyond, raising awareness and funding for this issue.
I’ve got a few ideas rotating around in my head and if you happen to be interested in helping out and actually made it to this part of the blog, please let me know 🙂 All fun things and minimal to no cost of course.