My dear little Pandas:
I was so happy to read all your wonderful comments about the oil spill. I hope we as Pandas will be doing good things in the real world. Many of you have suggested some awesome ideas such as writing to the oil company, having policy not to drill in the ocean, using product with less oil and many more. Keep up with these thoughts and turn them into reality. Remember, small steps can make a huge difference.
So, how is your summer so far? Are you finding ways to stay out of the heat? Perhaps you jumped into a swimming pool, chewed some ice cubes, or had a water balloon fight with friends? To do all these fun things, you will require clean water. Most of you will think that clean water is just a matter of fact and it is just there. It is there when we simply turn on the faucet in our home, but for millions around the world, in fact, 900 million people worldwide lack access to clean water. About half of these millions of people are children and sadly more than 4,000 kids die every day due to a water related disease! Water we take for granted and enjoy everyday can become deadly when it is dirty. You probably do not think much about clean water but access to clean water does more than just save lives, it can turn lives around. Having clean water will ensure health and making sure kids can go to school and move on with better things in life than having to battle recurring illness.
I happen to know that in the United States, an organization called UNICEF has started a project called TAP to raise awareness and money to provide access to safe water and sanitation facilities all around the world. Here is a great video that describes the project and as you can see they have set some amazing goals. To achieve these goals, I think each one of us will have to participate.
Now, tell me what can we do as little Pandas to help out UNICEF to raise awareness about water? UNICEF is working with restaurants all across America to raise money but can you think of other ways that can educate people about the global water crisis and raise money at the same time?
If we think together and work together, then soon someday, kids in Haiti (and everywhere) will be able to enjoy a water ballon fight like they did in this video.