We spent the day under a hot sun. It felt like mid-Summer, but it was barely the beginning. It could have been the desert, wandering. Thank god it was just New Jersey. I should have brought a water bottle with me. Lucky for me relief was just a tap away.
Not so for most people in the world. I've never been to Palm Springs, but like Las Vegas, and much of California, it exists only by design. And by incredible engineering. Take the Hotel Lautner. Abandoned in the desert for 20 years, the Desert Springs, California hotel has been returned to its former self. Of course, there wouldn't be a Hotel Lautner in Palm Springs, or any hotels, if it wasn't for the Hoover Dam. and the reservoir it created--Lake Mead. Together, the lake and the dam provide water and electricity for the majority of people in California, Nevada, and Arizona. That's pretty amazing, don't you agree?
You know what else is pretty amazing? The fact that 780 million people in the world lack access to clean water. That's more than 2 and a half times the population of the United States. And every 21 seconds a child dies from water related illness. That's the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours. The problem is real. Something I need to keep in mind next time I'm slightly inconvenienced by not having enough water right in front of me to drink immediately.
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