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Kayce M.

"Preserve the world's water supply, Help voiceless animals, Stop selfish humans from destorying our planet & helping educate ppl how to avoid cancer"

Phoenix, AZ, USA
female, age 35
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Speaks: english
Joined Sep 9, 2006

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Celebs and people with so much money buy a $50,000 dress with a pair of $5000 shoes - that's a lot of money to spend on one outfit. Clothe the needy if you have that much money! Feed the hungry, house the homeless.

Big companies waste so much water (like those enormous fountains in Las Vegas) Is that really necessary? Look at how much of the Earth's electricity and water just the city of Las Vegas wastes; never mind other companies and cities in the world.


Also, quit being cruel to animals. They have senses and emotions too.

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Groups Cat Lovers, Defenders of Wildlife
Birthday March 28, 1983  
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About Me Well I love animals - I don't believe that humans are much different. We are all biological beings and just because humans are able to verbally communicate and build civilizations doesn't mean we should harm animals that we see as "lower than us". I am not part of Peta or any radical groups as such. I do rescue animals. I love planting gardens and trees. I love Earth - it is such a beautiful planet, and greedy businessmen need to stop destroying it with their water wasting fountains and million volt lights and poisons they release into the air. They need to stop adding cancer-causing preservatives into our food. Foods like lunch meats and hot dogs are infused with sodium nitrate - a very cancerous substance which when tested on rats gave them cancer. Food companies continue to use this in meats so that they don't turn grey. Do they truly think that if they explain to people, this product looks ugly because it doesn't contain any cancerous substances -they are going to care? At least give us a choice. Low income people should have options to healthy, organic foods or at least should be better informed of what kinds of poison they are eating.
Help preserve the world's water supply. It's the most crucial thing to the earth's future right now aside from global warming... yet is unrecognized by many.
If oil was the resource of the 20th century, then the 21st century belongs to water. **NO JOKE** The lack of clean water and basic sanitation already curbs world economic growth by $556 billion a year, according the World Health Organization. FP looks at four countries struggling to quench their thirst.

Situation: China’s rapid urbanization is ratcheting up demand for water. Of the country’s 660 cities, more than 400 lack sufficient water supplies, and 110 suffer serious shortages. Vaclav Smil of Canada’s University of Manitoba estimates that when people move from the countryside to cities, they increase their personal water consumption at least fivefold. Irrigation demands are also rising, and rivers are thinning as a result. The Yellow River, the second-longest river in China, now struggles to reach the sea. To meet growing demand, underground aquifers are being depleted.

Implications: Regulating water has always been crucial to governing China. The Chinese word zhi means “to regulate water,” but it also means “to rule.” Freshwater scarcity may not only halt economic growth; it could lead to political turmoil. Wide-scale disaffection with the government’s water management could seriously destabilize the regime. And large dam projects may not be enough to save China from its water problem. Experts say China must improve crop selection, increase the price of water, and make usage more efficient.

Situation: Monsoon rain clouds may roll in every June to September, but the country’s water reservoirs are poorly maintained, and floods—exacerbated by felled forests and overfarming—routinely destroy irrigation systems. As a result, more than 21 million farmers resort to desperate tactics, such as extracting groundwater to water their fields. An estimated one quarter of India’s crops are now being grown using underground aquifers, and the H2O is being pumped faster than it can be replenished.

Implications: Unless India changes the way it manages water, the World Bank reports that “India will have neither the cash to maintain and build new infrastructure, nor the water required for the economy and for people.” There is a great deal of bickering among the states that share water, and the tensions will only get worse. The country’s water-related problems will require better governance and infrastructure and broader use of rain harvesting in areas prone to drought.

United States
Situation: Out West, heavily subsidized farmers place huge demands on sources of freshwater, which have led to conflicts among neighboring states. The water rights to the Colorado River have been hotly contested between seven states, including California, Nevada, and Arizona. The two reservoirs that supply Arizona, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, and Lake Powell and Lake Mead, are at 49 and 56 percent of capacity, respectively. Subsidized prices discourage efficiency. Farmers in California’s Central Valley alone receive an annual water subsidy of $416 million.

Implications: The government estimates that droughts cost the country between $6 and $8 billion a year. The West is growing fast—the country’s five fastest-growing cities are in Nevada and Arizona—but that growth is in danger of being stifled by water scarcity. Cutting water subsidies would probably put ranchers and farmers out of business throughout the Great Plains of the northern Midwest, West, and Southwest. Little surprise, then, that political leadership on this issue is largely absent in Washington.

Situation: Pakistan is one of the world’s most arid countries; its water supply per capita is about 1,250 cubic meters per year. (One-thousand cubic meters is considered an acute shortage by international standards.) One third of Pakistan’s Indus River is diverted to cotton fields, drying out large swaths of Sindh province and forcing farmers to abandon fields for overcrowded Karachi. The country’s irrigation system leaks about 40 percent of the water that flows through it, leading to a rise in water tables and the salinization of groundwater.

Implications: Agriculture (read: irrigation) underpins almost one fourth of Pakistan’s gross domestic product, and about two thirds of Pakistan’s population of 160 million live in rural areas with farm-fueled economies. If the water situation continues to deteriorate, expect even greater social upheavals than the country is already experiencing. And for a government struggling to get a handle on sectarian violence, rein in rebel elements in the west, and maintain political legitimacy, unemployed farmers is exactly what Pakistan’s major cities don’t need.

Population increase means that 80 million extra people each year need access to water resources. Nearly all the projected 3 billion people to be added to the population in the next half century will be born in countries that
are already experiencing water shortages.

Overpumping of water has occurred mainly in the last 50 years. Only since powerful diesel and electrically driven pumps were developed have we had the capacity to pull water out of aquifers faster than it is replaced by precipitation.

Some 70 percent of the water consumed worldwide is used for irrigation. Another 20 percent is used by industry, and 10 percent is used for residential purposes. In the increasingly intense competition for water among sectors, agriculture almost always loses. The 1,000 tons of water used in India to produce a ton of wheat worth perhaps $200 can also be used to expand industrial output that is worth 50 times as much.

Urbanization and industrialization expand the demand for water. As villagers in developing countries move to urban high-rise apartment buildings with indoor plumbing, their residential water use can easily triple. As people move up the food chain, consuming more beef, pork, poultry, eggs and dairy products, they use more grain because livestock and poultry are fed on grain. A U.S. diet requires 800 kilograms of grain per person a year, whereas diets in India, dominated by a starchy food staple such as rice, typically need only 200 kilograms. Using four times as much grain per person means using four times as much water to grow the grain.

Once a localized phenomenon, water scarcity is now crossing national borders via the international grain trade. The world's fastest growing grain import market is North Africa and the Middle East. Virtually every country in this region is simultaneously experiencing water shortages and rapid population growth.

As the demand for water in the region's cities and industries rises, it is typically satisfied by diverting water from irrigation. The loss in food production capacity is then offset by importing grain. Last year Iran imported 7 million tons of wheat, eclipsing Japan to become the world's leading wheat importer. This year Egypt is also projected to move ahead of Japan.

The world water deficit grows larger each year, making it potentially more difficult to manage. If we decided suddenly to stabilize water tables everywhere by simply pumping less water, the world grain harvest would fall
by some 160 million tons, or 8 percent, and grain prices would skyrocket. If the deficit continues to widen, the pain and dislocation caused by the eventual adjustment will be even greater.

Unless governments in water-short countries act quickly, their water shortages may soon become food shortages. The risk is that the growing number of water-short countries with rising grain import needs will overwhelm the exportable supply in food surplus countries. Millions of people in low-income, water-short countries will be trapped: thirsty and hungry, unable to escape.

There are still opportunities for developing new water resources, but restoring the balance between use and sustainable supply will depend primarily on reducing demand by stabilizing population and making more efficient use of water.

The first step toward this goal is to eliminate the water subsidies that encourage waste. The second step is to raise the price of water to reflect its cost. Shifting to technologies, crops and forms of animal protein that
do not guzzle water offers huge potential for raising water productivity. Such shifts will move faster if the price of water more closely reflects its value.
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Pets all rescued animals, 4 dogs, 2 cats (1 kitten), bearded dragon  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Conservative
Religions Christian - non denominational, jainism, earth religions  
Eating Habits Still Love Chocolate Though!, Drink Loads Of Water, Almost anything... :), lots of water, LOTS OF TEA, Keep it Healthy  
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What Bugs Me ignorance  
Passions laughter, nature, love, LIFE!!!  
Inspirations to fulfill my purpose on earth  
What Scares Me Is how cruel the people of the world are, spiders, Ignorance and evil  
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Quotation You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in.-Heraclitus 500 BCE.

Never doubt that a few caring citizens can change the world; indeed, they are the only ones that ever have. -Margaret Mead
Music Hip Hop, R and B, techno, rap, country  
TV Shows Seinfeld, Saved by the Bell  
Favorite Foods chocolate, thai, strawberries, mexican, italian, chinese  
Favorite Places the mountains, beach, woods, canada  
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