The Water Crisis Of North America

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According to The United Nations committee on Economic, Cultural and social rights, “Water is fundamental for life and health. The human right to water is indispensable for leading a healthy life in human dignity. It is a pre-requisite to the realization of all other human rights” (The United Nations Committee on Economic, 2002). Clean, pure water is highly valued in every culture worldwide. Water is essential to survival; the lack of pure water can lead to diseases, malnutrition and even death. This is why the water crisis in Southern Africa has become one of the largest and most deadly epidemics in today’s society. However, there are hundreds of locations worldwide without access to pure water and the United States media coverage has hidden many of the blemishes in the United States behind a veil. It is due to the lack of coverage of these issues in the United States that many U.S. citizens are oblivious to these issues. Do to this I intend to argue that the water crisis in North America is not portrayed enough in the social media by exploring how the media portrayed the ALS ice bucket challenge, how little people are aware of the lack of water in America and the horrible living conditions cause by the water crisis.

The ALS ice bucket challenge is one of the most effective fundraisers ever – it has raised over one hundred million dollars for research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Millions of American’s have participated in this cause, an opportunity to show
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