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Friday, October 15, 2010

What you can do to end the all important water crisis

Celebrate the Global Handwashing Day by taking the plunge of washing hands before eating, after eating, using the toilet, before touching your eyes or mouth and many other times.

When I told my bro that by donating $25 I can provide clean water for a lifetime for one person, he said I shouldn't jump with joy because there are lots of problems in the world and if I start donating, there will be no end. He also said that I can't really wipe off a problem with the money I have. Lets see what the world population is... 6.5 billion (February '06) and there are nearly 1 billion people worldwide who currently rely on bacteria-infested water. So if 1 billion out of 6.5 billion donate, this problem will be solved!

In the US alone, 200 bottles per person each year are consumed. 17 million barrels of oil are needed to produce all the plastic water bottles we use in the US each year, 86 percent of them will never be recycled. So do you understand the need to recycle?

In developing countries, 70 percent of industrial wastes are dumped untreated into waters where they pollute the usable water supply. (via unwater.org)

Contribution of the food sector to the production of organic water pollutants:
- High income countries: 40 percent
- Low-income countries: 54 percent
(via unwater.org)

Do you want to measure how much water it took to make your favorite foods? There's an app for that. More Info »

If you want to calculate how much water you use, try the Water Footprint Calculator

Shun bottled water starting today! For more information, visit BlogActionDay2010 

I've writtern more about this issue, here:

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