World Water Day!

Water…What do you think of when you think of water?

Probably that you need to wash your car, you need to drink a gallon before you hit the gym or that you have to wash your hair tomorrow morning. But do ever think of the all the different ways we use water on a daily basis, for instance washing clothes, flushing the toilet, cooking, cleaning, growing food to sell among others?

Do you know incredibly fortunate you are to have something so precious absolutely free?

If not, give this a thought, for the past couple years the United States Government has committed several human rights violations regarding clean water.

Consider the Flint Water Crisis an ongoing  water contamination issue since 2014. The Flint water crisis initiated when the Flint river became the drinking water source for the city´s inhabitants due to insufficient water treatment, caused lead contamination in the water that ran through the oxidized water pipes and resulted in their water supply. I am not in the medical field, so I can´t list you all the health problems you can face, but I know that lead contamination can cause countless health issues from cardiovascular to neurological disorders, and what´s worse…despite countless lawsuits and protests, this is a problem that took about 3 years to resolve (sort, of) and yet no one has been processed and/or convicted.

Or how about the North Dakota Oil Pipeline, it´s purpose is to transport approximately 570,000 gallons of oil from North Dakota to Illinois. According to Time Magazing the pipeline would be a key channel in connecting oil wells underneath the Missouri River. Upon learning of the planned construction, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has opposed and rigorously protested against, why? Because the Missouri River is the primary drinking water source for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, a tribe of around 10,000 with a reservation in the central part of North and South Dakota.

These are only two  highly publicized examples, of the millions of cases that have gone unreported worldwide including Africa, Asia, even in Colombia, where due to the lack of access to clean water families have died, babies have been born with birth defects, mothers and daughters have been forced to ¨fetch¨ or walk long hours just to bring back portable water home to cook, clean and care for the family  which ultimately limits them from continuing or even initiating their basic primary education.

According the the Universal Declarations of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948, it´s purpose is to protect our basic human rights.

What does that mean? It means that you as a human being have universal fundamental that protect you and are inherently entitled to, NO ONE can take them away and it’s absolutely in your power to defend and demand the respect of each them.

Read the specific articles mentioned below:

Article 1:

We Are All Born Free & Equal. We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way

Article 3 The Right to Life.

We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.

Article 8 Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law.

We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.

Articles 20: The Right to Public Assembly

We all have the right to meet our friends and to work together in peace to defend our rights. Nobody can make us join a group if we don’t want to.

Article 29: Responsibility

We have a duty to other people, and we should protect their rights and freedoms.

 

Now that you have read this, we can all agree that the inability to access clean water or to face police brutality for protecting clean water are human rights violations.

Despite the inaction of local governments, it is still our responsibility to demand the respect and the fulfillment of said rights.

 

That´s all for tonight, thank you for reading, goodnight! 🙂

 

The articles mentioned are the simplified versions for complete detailed information visit :

http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

 

 

Soundtrack for this post: Rather you than me, Rick Ross, 2017

Who is Miss Worldpeace?

Well, the question I get asked frequently isn’t  “who are you, Miss. Worldpeace?¨ But more like ” who do you think you are calling yourself that?”

I’ll have to admit  the name itself, is a bit self-righteous.

However, I am not self-proclaimed Miss Worldpeace, because I feel that I´m this holier-than thou person, who´s always politically correct and sees everyone as evil or clueless sheeple.  No, the moniker actually was inspired by non-other than Ron Artest, that´s right, The LA Lakers’ forward.

As I was creating my Instagram account, it was clear what kind of content I wanted to post and what message I was trying to promote in the realms of social media, however I couldn´t come up with a feminine yet thought-provoking username, so I just left it as ¨Lola Alejandra¨, till one day I was reading an article on Espn.com, and the news that day was that Artest, Metta world peace had signed with the Lakers again and as corny as it sounds, it just clicked in my head ¨Metta Worldpeace…Miss Worldpeace¨.

Honestly, the name is just clever wordplay that  incidentally correlates with my values, ideals and identity.

The woman behind the personal brand is  26 year old Colombian- Miami Native currently based in Bogotá D.C Colombia. Major in Foreign languages and specialize in International Relations and Human Rights. Initially participating in the Best Buddies Program back in high school, then after the 2010 Haiti earthquake moved towards humanitarian efforts  and activism , the March against GMO Monsanto back in 2014 being my first march/protest.

The sole purpose of this blog, is to write everything that I think/discuss regarding self-awareness, music, current events, world issues; ranging from humanitarian efforts documented in photojournalism to mental health issues, human rights violations and even the occasional political posts.

Why?

Because it´s important for me to use the voice I have been given, I am not a public figure in real life nor on social media, but I know that there are many individuals: philanthropists, activists, photographers, writers even the regular Joe trying to be a better person, through small deeds that share common interests and when a group of individuals unite for the greater good, through awareness or in action. WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. 🙂

Soundtrack to this post: More Life,Drake, 2017