Happy World Water Day, everyone! WWD is tomorrow, March 22nd, and it is a day to celebrate the importance of water and try to bring it to everyone in the world. Sadly, many people do not even have access to this basic necessity. People living in poverty use less than 5 gallons a day, while the average American uses 100. Water is, and has always been, scarce, but some people have less access to it than others, and they deserve more to be healthy. That’s why here at Bonsai, we’re celebrating World Water Day to brainstorm how to help and raise everyone’s awareness about it.Here are some ways you can celebrate water without wasting:
~buy a reusable bottle
~provide a day’s worth of safe drinking with butterfly rewards (care2.com)
~enjoy more sustainable options, like…
Bottled water isn’t great- the plastic is bad for the environment, and the molecules can leak into your h2o. But Nika is making a 100% effort to counteract the negative effects of bottled water by donating 100% of their profit to charities, and using 100% recycled bottles. Not only that, but they recycle a bottle every time one is made. And every time 98 bottles are sold, they plant a tree. Nika really is a lifesaver! Encourage your family and friends to buy Nika water instead of other brands like Arrowhead or Dasani. It helps the earth and its people, not to mention that it is incredibly good tasting.http://www.nikawater.org/Scroll to the bottom of each page to read facts (some of which are found in this article.)
Filtration and Sanity
Sometimes people have access to a large source of water, but it is dirty and unsafe for drinking. It might even contain trash or animal waste! This water is obviously unhealthy and is the cause of many diseases, which impoverished people are not able to care for.
Water is probably the one most important resource on the planet, and there just isn’t enough of it to go around. This is partly because of overpopulation and partly because of greenhouse gases causing mass evaporation. So if there isn’t enough to go around, how can we make sure everyone gets some? We’ll have to ration. Cut down on your water usage- even if it seems like what’s coming out of your tap is limitless, it’s not.
You can help end the water crisis by:
~educating people about it
~donating to funds like water.org
~taking showers, not baths
~watering your lawn when it’s cool to prevent evaporation
~fixing all your leaks
~using tap water
Power of the Tap
Tap water is regulated and filtered for drinking uses. If you use it to clean your cups and glasses, why shouldn’t you use it to drink? It’s perfectly safe and you can reduce your water footprint by doing so.
Tell everyone you know to celebrate World Water Day, and help as much as you can!