Tomorrow is Blog Action Day, which the site describes as “an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action.”
As I publish new posts on Mondays and Thursdays, I’m getting a little jump on it. That gives you time to scout some other blogs and resources to learn about this year’s theme: WATER.
Water is one of the world’s most important resources. It is the second most important thing human beings (and all animals) need to live; only oxygen is more important. Yet a recent report published in Nature found that
nearly 80% of the world’s population is exposed to high levels of threat to water security. Massive investment in water technology enables rich nations to offset high stressor levels without remedying their underlying causes, whereas less wealthy nations remain vulnerable.
The authors of the report maintain a website called Rivers in Crisis where you can find more information. (The Nature article is available only to members, but if you have an account you can read the entire article here: “Global threats to human water security and river biodiversity.”) National Geographic posted a related article and it’s loaded with interesting links about the world’s need for safe water supplies.
Now that you’re feeling a little more informed on the subject of water, it’s time to do something. I’m not asking you to do anything difficult, just cut out bottled water on Friday… and into the future, because you’ll find out it’s not so hard to do most of the time. Need more convincing? Check out the video.
Here are some easy ways to give up bottled water:
- Most municipal water supplies in the United States are safe for drinking. If you’re concerned, buy a filter for your kitchen tap or a pitcher with a built-in filter. Although you have to change the filter occasionally, it’s still less waste than all those bottles!
- Sometimes it’s enough to fill a pitcher and let the water sit a little while (in the refrigerator is fine) so that gases escape. This can help get rid of the faint chlorinated smell some tap waters occasionally have.
- Keep a mug at your desk when you’re at work to fill from a tap or water fountain.
- Use a sports water bottle when you’re on the go or at school. It’s perfectly safe for a few hours or a few days.
With that in mind, there are a few times you might be safer with the bottled stuff. But that’s extremely rare–only a few bottles a year, at most!
- Keep a bottle of water in each family member’s Go Bag. Bottling your own might be safe, but it might not, especially if it sits there for a few months (which we hope it will).
- Keep larger water bottles at home in case of emergency. Again, if the water sits a long time it’s safer to buy than bottle your own. But you only need three gallons per person and if there’s no emergency it can last a couple of years!
- If there is a “boil water emergency” in your area, bottled water is safest for drinking. But only buy as much as you expect to need, and buy large bottles so that there’s less waste.
Are you convinced that water is important? If you have other suggestions for giving up bottled water, share them in a comment.