H to the izo… as in H20

July 2, 2009 at 6:41 am 2 comments

070309-aniston_0Ahhhhh. That’s me drinking my sweet, 1.5 Liter bottle of Electrolyte enhanced water from Trader Joe’s. Snobby and pretentious? Some might say. I’m a water elitist. But one thing I am not, is a water waster (OK made that word up.) There are many countries and places in the world who have no access to clean, drinkable, running water. Although the tap water in LA tastes like rusty old pipes, it still won’t give you chlorea like the water in Angola. According to the BBC  “Humans have available less than 0.08% of all the Earth’s water. Yet over the next two decades our use is estimated to increase by about 40%.” We have to take action now. Individually, conserve water. Collectively, clean up air pollution. (water and air are inseparable) Most importantly, get clean water to communities living without it. No lie: 

children dirty water

 Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old.

1.4 million children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation – 4,000 child deaths a day or one child every 20 seconds. This equates to 160 infant school classrooms lost every single day to an entirely preventable public health crisis. (WHO/WaterAid)

Households in rural Africa spend an average of 26% of their time fetching water, and it is generally women who are burdened with the task.

On a personal note, I went to Mexico like three years ago and forgot to order my drinks without ice… oh my gawd does it feel like hell when you get sick from bad water.  

sprinklers

Most of us in the world are privileged enough to take hot showers, use washing machines, wash our dogs, water our plants and water our lawns. But do you ever think of what life would be like if you did not have such privileges? If you care about human rights like I do, then clean water for everyone in the world should be a top priority. There has to be some serious changes in the way our world functions. Did you know that over 70% of water consumption is for agriculture? It’s really sad to think that children die on a daily basis because of lack of access to clean water!!!! All the while we go about our business using as much water as we please, sometimes even letting it run while we brush our teeth. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. 

But, do not despair! There are small actions we as individuals can take to preserve Earth’s most precious resource. 

Check out the 100 ways you can save water. My top 5 are

  1. Turning off the water when brushing your teeth and shaving
  2. Take showers between 5-10 mins
  3. When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.
  4. Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 
  5. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.  

Check out this organization ——> Charity: Water http://www.charitywater.org/whywater ($2o can give a person in Africa clean, safe drinking water for 20 years…. and you spend HOW MUCH at the bar in one night??) A United Nations report predicts that access to water may be the single biggest cause of conflict and war in Africa in the next 25 years…

Here are a few more links to find out more info on the water crisis:

http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats

http://www.grist.org/article/2009-05-12-water-childhood-deaths

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_water

Clean air and fresh water: we need those suckas to live! 

Treat water like the precious resource it is… because without it life on Earth doesn’t exist! Think about all the money you will be  saving on your water bill. I’m telling you, going green and being conscious of your resources will keep the dough in your pocket. And do good. Word is bond.

❤ Raychel

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brian F.  |  July 2, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I need to know how twenty dollars can ensure twenty years of clean water for one person. We do waste A LOT of natural resources for no good reason at all, but we can’t do something as simple as provide clean running water for all. Of all the resources and products constantly being robbed from Africa, it’s mind boggling to think that the people they enslave and exploit can’t even get a clean glass of water. They should sell a few of those diamonds they keep stealing and use that to give back to the natives.

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    • 2. wearepower  |  July 16, 2009 at 3:23 am

      It is really a shame, and by donating to Charity:Water you are giving them the resources they need to implement systems in bringing water to villages, etc. Now the whole diamond trade, hmm thats another story.

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