04.04.13Martha Golea

All I Want For My 30th Birthday Is Clean Water

Help celebrate Earth Month or my birthday with a donation to charity:water! Photo from charity:water

It’s hard to believe today is my 30th birthday. I don’t usually ask for presents, but this year I’ve decided to make an exception. I’m asking all my friends and family to donate to charity: water and give clean water to people who need it, instead of giving me gifts. I may not know you, but I’m going to ask anyway – Want to celebrate with me? I mean, April is also Earth Month AND Water Awareness Month, so you were probably planning to contribute somehow, weren’t you?

It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to

Cry about the water crisis, that is.

Women and children around the world walk hours every day to collect water for their families. They lose out on education and employment opportunities, which means equality between men and women in their countries stays way out of balance. Plus the water they collect can make them really sick. Terrible right? Well, we can actually do something about it. Yes, this is my soap box.

For the past year and a half I’ve had the privilege of writing for this blog, writing a water-related column for Lawn & Landscape Magazine (“Don’t Just Save Water, Save The World”) and meeting a lot of people in the water industry who are fighting hard for a sustainable future. I’m constantly writing and talking about how valuable water is and what a great gift (“The Gift of Water” )! So it only makes sense it’s all I want for my 30th birthday, right?

Want to party too?

For a lot of people 30 is a scary milestone, but not for me. I’m thrilled with the opportunities I’ve had in the last 30 years and confident the next 60  will be even better. My only regret? For so much of my youth I only focused on me. Luckily I get a second chance to put the focus where it belongs: On others, especially those in need. If you could use a second chance, too, why don’t you join me in bringing clean water to some very deserving people? You can contribute to my campaign or pledge your own birthday! It’s a small gift with a HUGE impact: accessible clean water means health, freedom, education, equality, and more.

I can’t think of a better birthday gift. Or Earth Month Gift. Or Water Awareness Month gift. You get the idea.

And if charity:water isn’t your style, find a water-related charity that is, here: “Don’t Just Save Water, Save The World”

How do you celebrate April’s big events? Planting trees? Helping out at a community garden? I know a lot of you are very active with environmental projects year-round. Do you do anything differently to observe Earth Month? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page: Water Bloggers and send links to your projects! We love seeing what you’re up to.

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Martha Golea

A seasoned communicator and passionate water conservationist, Martha Golea tracks projects in progress and reports on usage of new and exploratory irrigation technology and water management strategies. Martha also regularly contributes content on water management and conservation to Lawn & Landscape Magazine.




  1. Thursday, 5:19 DaveHedrickAZ

    RT @ValleyCrest: All I Want For My 30th Birthday Is Clean Water #watermanagement

  2. Thursday, 6:01 MarGoH2O

    RT @ValleyCrest: All I Want For My 30th Birthday Is Clean Water #watermanagement

  3. Thursday, 6:15 Richard Restuccia

    Happy Birthday Martha! What a thoughtful way to share your day. Thanks for making a difference.

    • Thursday, 7:24 Martha Golea

      Thanks, Richard!>

  4. Thursday, 7:20 Alan Harris

    Happy Birthday and congratulations on already being 28% towards your campaign goal with charity: water!

    • Tuesday, 2:28 Martha Golea

      Thanks, Alan! You definitely helped me get so close to my goal!>

  5. Thursday, 12:05 Lauren Hanson

    Happy Birthday Martha! May your birthday wish come true for you and all who will benefit.

    • Tuesday, 2:30 Martha Golea

      Thanks, Lauren.

  6. Thursday, 7:20 LiteracyandTech

    Mission accomplished..we celebrated your birthday w/ a water donation. Do any of the water charities connect people to people like the food organizations do? like adopt a child/family and write to them too – kind of thing?
    I’m really interested in participating in a water giving trip some day.
    You have always cared about other people…always…just maybe didn’t know that some people didn’t have a good water supply. You made sure your big brothers didn’t go hungry by letting them eat part of your dinner when we went out to eat:-) Remember when we were so surprised when you ate your whole meal at a restaurant? MomH2O is gonna get in trouble if I share too many ways that you showed a very caring heart toward others.

    • Tuesday, 2:33 Martha Golea

      Oh mom. What am I going to do with you? Don’t tell ALL of my secrets! After all these years I’m still surprised if I don’t hear “Are you going to finish that? Can I have it?” 🙂

  7. Friday, 10:55 CWardMorris

    Thanks for the invitation to share in these great celebrations with you, most especially your milestone birthday! I have no doubt that you will make the most of the next 60+ years ahead of you. May they all be very happy ones!

    • Tuesday, 2:36 Martha Golea

      People with Christmas birthdays get bummed because they don’t get as many presents. I have the opposite situation – sharing my birthday month with so many important holidays means more presents and I get to share them with everyone! What a great month, right?

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