Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reading Response

The Inner Peace and Human Rights speech meant the most to me because the Dalai Lama not only impacted the country of Tibet, but also countries around the globe. The Dalai Lama aimed to preserve the integrity of the Tibetan national identity and cultural heritage. His message of universal responsibility and respect for the planet, shows us that in order to achieve a goal is all starts with each one of us individually. The Dalai Lama said, "Responsibility does not lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each one of us individually." Its clear that we each need to make a sincere effort to take our responsibility for each other and for the natural environment we live in seriously. The world's political leaders are now starting to take meaningful steps to address the problem. The report to the United Nations Secretary-General by the World commission on the Environment and Development was an important step in educating governments on the urgency of the dangers of destruction of the environment.

Rwanda is one of the biggest countries without clean water. In many areas of rural Rwanda people lack access to clean drinking water, having negative health implications. Providing safe and clean drinking water is urgently needed to prevent diseases, as well as reduce the risks to women by walking long distances to collect water. Wells for Rwanda is a project designed to built water wells in rural towns in Rwanda so that the people can have clean and sanitized drinking water. Our universal duty as a individual is to help other who are in need. There are many different way in which we can help this cause. For example, fundraisers and collections for donations is way to raise money to build the wells for these rural towns. There are also alternate solutions, such as, getting involved and physically traveling to the numerous countries in need of a well. The Water Project is an organization that provides a workshop that teaches ordinary people how to construct and maintain a water well. I think that it is great that so many people are getting involved to help countries in need.



  1. I think clean water is something thats really important too, I recently found out that TOMS has started selling coffee and when you buy a bag a family that is in need of clean water in a third world country gets clean water for a week.

  2. I like your post about Rwanda, it is an issue I've been aware of but I feel more informed now and how important it is, good job.

  3. I could not imagine not having clean water. I had no idea Rwanda was in such trouble. The Water project seems like a really good idea to be apart of.

  4. i like you idea clean water is the most important thing in the world because its health and u can not live with out water


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