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Earth Day 2008: Water World

Earth Day 2008: Water World

Our Care2 focus for Earth Day 2008 is water. Fresh water. Blue gold. Only 2.5 percent of the planet’s water is fresh, and less than half of 1 percent of that is available as drinking water. The only renewable source of freshwater is from rain, yet demand for freshwater is surpassing its supply as the population explodes and that same population pollutes it. To read more about the global water crisis read the Blue Gold booklet issued by the International Forum on Globalization.

The cold water from a gravity-fed spring tastes as sweet as fresh running maple tree sap. After drinking even half a glass of such vibrant water your whole body seems to sing with its sweetness. Scarce, now, such “alive” water is more a thing of the past. But our cells are 75 percent water, and a fertilized human egg is about 95 percent water. Do we really want polluted water?

We can take heart and take steps to protect ourselves and this valuable resource.

WASTEWATER
We all realize that throwing a plastic bottle in the ocean is a bad move, but beyond the obvious there are little things that many of us unwittingly do that are just as harmful. Our groundwater, streams and oceans are becoming increasingly polluted by chemicals that we innocently discharge and flush away.

Getting Clear About Wastewater
Read about what is getting into the wastewater, the surprising effects, and what you can do to help tame the deleterious chemical anarchy taking place in our water.

Water-Saving Tips
Gizmos and ideas you may never have thought of to help you water in your garden.

Use Less Water
10 smart water-saving tips for your life.

Catching Rain
Consider a rain barrel for your home.

Save Water in Your Yard
Are green roofs for you? Seven more ways for outdoor water saving.

Switch Your Showerhead?
Use this test to find out if a low-flow showerhead will help you save water.

Dishwasher Saving Tips
Which uses less water, hand washing or the dishwasher?

WATER BOTTLES
Not only do water bottles use a huge amount of resources (plastic, manufacturing, shipping, etc.), but they use up other people’s water, often forcing people with little income to buy back water that was once theirs.

Easy Greening: Water Bottles
The backstory about health and environmental impact of water bottles, plus recommendations.

Green Girl Pans Plastic
A college freshman lets go of the social acceptability of water bottles.

Bottled vs. Tap Water
How to kick the bottled water habit.

Read more: Home, Earth Day, Health & Safety, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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2:38AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Thanks Annie, good tips for such a wasted and valued natural resource,

1:18AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Thank you!

6:57PM PDT on Jul 6, 2010

i always save water all the time. im not waisteful

5:03AM PST on Jan 19, 2010

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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5:17PM PDT on May 25, 2008

Save the water to save our lifes!

5:42AM PDT on May 10, 2008

The world is greener because of water, but ironically, Ghee (cooking oil, in the past, and petroleum products, now) has more value... We should put in more efforts to conserve our water resources... Do keep up your good work to provide tips on water and water conservation. Thanks

8:43AM PDT on Apr 30, 2008

Kick the bottled water habit! Its bad for the environment and expensive for consumers...and its subject to far less scrutiny than tap water!
Sign the Think Outside the Bottle Pledge at www.ThinkOutsideTheBottle.org and learn more at www.StopCorporateAbuse.org

5:12AM PDT on Apr 28, 2008

Thank you for sharing tips on conserving water.
Will definately put into practice.

9:19AM PDT on Apr 23, 2008

Great to see you raising awareness about Water! Keep up the good work.

1:04PM PDT on Apr 17, 2008

eco friendly tips

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