Updated: Apr 17, 2018
Today we celebrate World Water Day, a date created by the UN designed to focus our attention on the importance of water.
In my job I spend a lot of time explaining to people that the environmental and social costs of global business water use add up to around $1.9 trillion per year*. Water assets are over exploited and undervalued in many countries, but what does that really mean? For businesses it means bottom-line losses and green-growth opportunities. For 768 million people in the world, it means they live without access to safe, clean water.
According to Human Appeal, over 90% of the water from Gaza’s sole aquifer is unfit to drink.
Contagions in Gaza's water are causing disease and health disorders, such as renal failure, high blood pressure and osteoporosis, while most families are using up to a third of their income to buy water from unregulated vendors. Sadly, this is also often contaminated.
Sea water is the only constant supply of water in the region which can fulfill the great demand. In order to help raise money to contribute to the build of a water desalination plant on the Gaza coastline, we thought we'd invite you for dinner:
Everything But The Ham is back in April with its biggest event yet, Water Blues? Buy your ticket here and join us for a delicious 3 course traditional Palestinian meal, live music and late night jive party. Leave your typical dinner-blueprint at home and let a live soul singer and DJ soundtrack your night.
This time you’re not in a dive bar of the Deep South, you’re enjoying African Blues and Arabic Jazz in Gaza. Feel free to bring your pals, treat your partner to a date or dine alone. There's no better way to get social than to spend your Saturday at a supper club filled with likeminded hooligans like you.
Enjoy a welcome drink on us, be ready to dig in by 7:30pm and delight on guilt free consumption because all proceeds this month are in aid of Human Appeal - Gaza Water Project.
*Source: Trucost for TEEB for Business Coalition, Natural Capital at Risk: The Top 100 Externalities of Business