Actress Kristen Bell narrates this well-done video that explains how the 1 billion people who live without easy access to clean water are affected by the crisis. It’s not just that they can’t turn on a faucet for a drink; it changes the way they spend their time, how much education they receive, and sometimes it makes the difference between life and death.

Over the past month, I have been reminded by what seems like every single PR person in the country that Earth Day is “just around the corner.” (It’s this Friday, April 22.) They would love for me to tell you about products you can buy for Earth Day — products that have some sort of “green” spin to them, some legitimate and some not. I’ve never understood why Earth Day is a reason to spend money on stuff.

If you want to spend some money on Earth Day, I like this idea better. Donate it to this organization, or another organization that you trust, that fights to get clean drinking water to people living in conditions you can’t even imagine. It would be a much better use of your money, don’t you think? 

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.