It’s All About the Water
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The oil war is a 20th century war. The water war is a 21st century war.
There are myriad little things you can do to save water that will add up significantly in your personal life style, as well as adding to the community mindset of the larger picture, i.e. Earth’s water is limited. For example, simply turn down the faucet. You do not need a hydro-blast to brush your teeth or wash your hands.
Or, when you fill your pet’s water bowl. If you change their water daily, there is no need to fill a gallon bowl when they can’t possibly drink more than a quart.
Or you can do something BIG!! Here’s what a 13-year-old girl can do.
What about the rest of us?
Without water, there is no access to the planet’s riches. The first picture was taken in the 1880’s in Northern California when the gold miners and speculators were peaking in their new power. My ancestral land is in Orleans CA, originally known as Panamnik on the northern end of California’s Klamath River. My Great Aunt Minerva (1906-2002) explained why there are so few Indians in our once thriving Indian country. A militia of sheriffs, volunteers, and soldiers would line up their horses shoulder to shoulder, move forward and simply shoot anything that moved. The photo speaks for itself. The next photo is of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock just a few months ago; a horrific reminder of cowboys vs Indians in the 21st century.
According to National Geographic, the average American lifestyle is fueled by nearly 2,000 gallons of H2O a day. Yet, only 5% of it runs through home toilets, taps, and garden hoses. Nearly 95% of our water footprint is hidden in our food, our energy use, the products we purchase, and the services we rely on. National Geographic offers us a water use calculator: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/change-the-course/water-footprint-calculator/
It takes approximately 700 gallons of water to make a cotton shirt, and 2,600 gallons to make a pair of jeans — most of it to grow the cotton. Typically, every dollar you spend on clothes and shoes costs about 23 gallons of water. Here are National Geo’s facts & tips: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-conservation-tips/ Scroll down for more on apparel.
Here’s a look at the short list: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/it-takes-more-than-3-gallons-of-water-to-make-a-single-sheet-of-paper/258838/
- One pair of shoes: 2,257 gallons
- One pair of jeans: 2,636 gallons
- One chocolate bar: 454 gallons
- One piece of beef: 4,000 gallons
- One hamburger: 632 gallons
- One plain-cheese pizza: 321 gallons
- One slice of cheese: 40 gallons
- One pint of beer: 45 gallons
- One cup of coffee: 35 gallons
- One apple: 22 gallons
- One loaf of bread: 13 gallons
- One sheet of paper: 3 gallons
To make an average pair of shoes, it takes over 2,000 gallons of water. Whaaaat? So to save water, I bought a fabulous pair of Michael Kors satin heels at the local strip mall Goodwill store. Value $150, purchase price $19.99. (I’m sure designer Michael Kors would be horrified to see “19.99” written in indelible ink on the bottom of his perfect soft leather soles! )
Haute couture and a sense of self-righteousness all for $19.99.
Wild By Nature, Inc. www.wildbynature.org