This is the first time that I’ve participated in Blog Action Day, and I’m very happy to contribute my voice to the thousands of bloggers from all over the world who are drawing attention today to the importance of ensuring people have access to clean water. Water is a global issue and deserves a global voice today.
Many people in the developing world do not even have access to clean drinking water, but how many bottles of water have you bought this week?
Did you know that:
- Almost a billion people on the planet do not have access to clean, safe drinking water.
- 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.
- Of the 50 billion plastic water bottles used by Americans in 2006, 38 billion of them were thrown away, unrecycled. The 1.5 million barrels of oil it takes to produce 50 billion bottles could fuel 100,000 cars for a year. And that does not even include the oil used for transportation.
- More than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away every day in the United States. This is a growing problem—it takes up to 1,000 years for disposable water bottles to decompose.
- Communities around the world are taking steps to reduce water bottle waste by eliminating bottled water.
- There is a growing backlash against bottled water companies by people who don’t believe that it’s moral or ethically responsible to sell something that is a basic human right, the same as it’s a basic human right to breathe air.
- A third of bottled water is actually from the same source as tap water. Actually, 24% is purified muncipal water.
- The cost of bottled water is increasing every year, resulting in less money in your wallet. Just by buying a convenience.
- Water is being taken from springs and streams, which is harming communities reliant on those water sources.
What you can do:
- Don’t buy water bottles. Period. Save your money, and the planet.
- If you really have to buy bottled water, make sure that you recycle the empty bottle.
- Raise your awareness of the ramifications of all the water bottles that are not recycled.
- Join the FilterForGood pledge at http://www.filterforgood.com/ and use a re-usable bottle and fill it up instead of buying water bottles.
- Drink from the tap. Or do what I do and buy a Brita.
- Check out organizations like charity: water and it’s Canadian partner, Water for People and see how you can make a meaningful difference in the world.
Your parents and grandparents wouldn’t even think about paying for something so basic as water. They lived without buying bottled water and so can you. It really can make a difference.