©10-15-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Today is Blog Action Day, an event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about one important issue with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year, Skywriter is joining with over 4500 blogs in 133 countries that have pledged to publish posts on the subject of clean water. (UPDATE: It wound up being over 5500 blogs in 143 countries.)
So far in this miniseries, we’ve looked at the element water from an astrological perspective. We taken a test to measure the strength of the water element in our charts and have attuned ourselves to water’s centering and cleansing properties. Today we’ll explore some simple things we can all do to preserve the earth’s precious and dwindling water supplies.
Here are a few startling facts about the water crisis from the Blog Action website:
- Conservation Starts at Home: The average person uses 465 liters of water per day. Find out how much you use. More Info »
- Food Footprint: It takes 24 liters of water to produce one hamburger. That means it would take over 19.9 billion liters of water to make just one hamburger for every person in Europe. More Info »
- Bottled Water Footprint: The US, Mexico and China lead the world in bottled water consumption, with people in the US drinking an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year. Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, 86 percent of which will never be recycled. More Info »
- Fashion Footprint: That cotton t-shirt you’re wearing took 1,514 liters of water to produce, and your jeans required an extra 6,813 liters. More Info »
- Waste Overflow: Every day, 2 million tons of human waste are disposed of in water sources. This not only negatively impacts the environment but also harms the health of surrounding communities. More Info »
- Polluted Oceans: Death and disease caused by polluted coastal waters costs the global economy $12.8 billion a year. More Info »
- Uninhabitable Rivers: Today, 40% of America’s rivers and 46% of America’s lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life. More Info »
What You Can Do–Simple Ways to Preserve our Water Supplies
We’re not powerless—there are things we can do right at home to ease the world’s water crisis. We’re all wasting water in our homes and yards–the bathroom and toilet use nearly 40% of all water in the home. You can save many gallons of water every day by easy actions like putting a half-gallon bottle in your toilet tank to cut down on the water needed to flush. Here are some helpful sites:
- Tips for saving water inside your home
- 100 Ways To Conserve | Water – Use It Wisely
- How to Save Water at Home – video on DisneyFamily.com
This miniseries will continue tomorrow with some amazing findings on how to use water to heal yourself and others.
Readers, can you think of ways you can use less water? Share them in the comment section.