As a society, we are finding it increasingly harder to unplug from technology and I’m as guilty of this as the next person.
I often break out in a mild panic if I can’t find my phone in my purse. This is mostly due to the fact that I rely on the phone’s GPS to get me around when I leave the house, as I have a remarkably terrible sense of direction. But even if I don’t need directions to my destination, the thought of not having my phone on me makes me very uncomfortable. I’m not proud of it – and it’s something I want to change.
Thankfully, UNICEF has given me an incentive to be less dependent on my technology. For 2014, the UNICEF Tap Project challenges you to save a child’s life by putting down your phone. For every ten minutes you don’t touch your phone, UNICEF will provide one day’s worth of clean water to a child in need.
According to UNICEF, 768 million people don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water, and 2.5 billion people live without proper sanitation. Every day, 1,400 children under the age of five die from diseases directly linked to unsafe water or a lack of basic sanitation facilities. Since 1990, UNICEF and its partners have helped more than 2 billion people gain access to clean drinking water.
Ready to take the challenge? Visit uniceftapproject.org on your mobile phone to take the pledge.
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