Friday, October 15, 2010

Blog Action Day! WATER!

Water is everywhere. It sustains life. It makes our planet livable.

We drink it, we cook with it, we swim in it.

We sail on it.

But water is endangered! We threaten our own lives, our children and grandchildren, by polluting our water.

Yet there is HOPE!

Five facts about water:

  1. Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Unclean drinking water can incubate some pretty scary diseases, like E. coli, salmonella, cholera and hepatitis A. Given that bouquet of bacteria, it's no surprise that water, or rather lack thereof, causes 42,000 deaths each week.
  2. More people have access to a cell phone than to a toilet. Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets. This means that sewage spills into rivers and streams, contaminating drinking water and causing disease.
  3. Every day, women and children in Africa walk a combined total of 109 million hours to get water. They do this while carrying cisterns weighing around 40 pounds when filled in order to gather water that, in many cases, is still polluted. Aside from putting a great deal of strain on their bodies, walking such long distances keeps children out of school and women away from other endeavors that can help improve the quality of life in their communities.
  4. It takes 6.3 gallons of water to produce just one hamburger. That 6.3 gallons covers everything from watering the wheat for the bun and providing water for the cow to cooking the patty and baking the bun. And that's just one meal! It would take over 184 billion gallons of water to make just one hamburger for every person in the United States.
  5. The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world. From showering and washing our hands to watering our lawns and washing our cars, Americans use a lot of water. To put things into perspective, the average five-minute shower will use about 10 gallons of water. Now imagine using that same amount to bathe, wash your clothes, cook your meals and quench your thirst.

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bluerose said...

Thanks for sharing this. We take a lot for granted in this country. A few weeks without running water after a hurricane made many of this city's inhabitants realize just how much.

I was one of the lucky ones who got water again after a few days. I had a friend who waited 3 weeks. She would drive over to my house every couple of days to fill up any container she could find. She would knock on my door with a bucket on her head, and jokingly say, "Hello, I am from Uganda. I get up every morning with a bucket on my head and travel in search of safe water." Even though she was making jokes about it, she was miserable. Every waking moment was spent planning around water.

Great pics!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, Blue Rose! :-D

That's a nice story, though sad and upsetting. Good story material often is.

Have you read Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood--Dystopian post apocalyptic and GREAT! Your story somehow reminds me of that.

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