Friday, 15 October 2010

The Book of Water . . .

Good Morning Children and first off this morning a short educational feature . . .

I'm giving over this mini-blog today to a cause;  today, in case you didn't know it, is Blog Action Day 2010 and this years theme is Water . . .  lots of information and facts about what I would certainly think was the most plentiful resource on Earth can be gleaned from the homepage at http://blogactionday.change.org/ along with the chance to sign a petition and do something useful without stirring from your chair!

Anyhow, watery facts that amazed me are:

The problem of scarce clean water:
Nearly 1 billion people lack access to clean water, which causes a litany of struggles, diseases and even death.
  • 40 Billion Hours: African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is usually still not safe to drink.
  • 38,000 Children a Week: Every week, nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.
  • Wars Over Water: Many scholars attribute the conflict in Darfur at least in part to lack of access to water. A report commissioned by the UN found that in the 21st century, water scarcity will become one of the leading causes of conflict in Africa.
  • A Human Right: In July, to address the water crisis, the United Nations declared access to clean water and sanitation a human right over. But we are far from implementing solutions to secure basic access to safe drinking water.
Water over-consumption in industrialized countries:
While the developing world faces a water crisis, those in industrialized countries consume far more than their fair share.
  • 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.
  • Technology Footprint: The shiny new iPhone in your pocket requires half a liter of water to charge. That may not seem like much, but with over 80 million active iPhones in the world, that’s 40 million liters to charge those alone.
  • Fashion Footprint: That cotton t-shirt you’re wearing right now took 1,514 liters of water to produce, and your jeans required an extra 6,813 liters.
  • 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.
Water and the environment:
The disregard for water resources in industrialized countries impacts more than humans – it causes environmental devastation.
  • 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.
  • Polluted Oceans: Death and disease caused by polluted coastal waters costs the global economy $12.8 billion a year.
  • Uninhabitable Rivers: Today, 40% of America’s rivers and 46% of America’s lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
Now that litany, I have to admit, was lifted directly from the website as I wanted to get the facts over to you in as short a time as possible so that you can indeed shift your bits and maybe do a little something about it . . . and as I am rapidly running out of time before my foray into the world of counselling is due to take place it will have to suffice . . . however, for your entertainment and edification there is also, for one day only, a wee little video clip down below to ram the message home! 

Hope your day is free from fear and as immersed in H2O as you wish it to be . . . and if you are good little otters there may be a 'normal' post later

'til next time


Be Seeing You !


2 comments:

  1. Here, in France our water comes from our own well in the hillside, and, no, I don't have to transport it daily in a vessel balanced on my head. However, we do have to have it tested occasionally and at the last testing it was as pure as we could hope.
    We are lucky.
    I abhore bottled water and avoid it when I can.
    Thank you for reminding us how scare and precious water is.

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  2. good posting Ian, I shall attempt my bit by having a shower instead of a hot bubbly bath tonight !

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