15 October 2010

Friday Top 5

Today is Blog Action Day, and this year's topic is water. In honor of that, today's Friday Top 5 is the Top 5 Facts About Water:
  1. Unclean water/lack of sanitation kills more people each year than all violence including war (Blog Action Day blog)
  2. Water scarcity affects 1 in 3 people around the globe (World Health Organization)
  3. Many environmentalists are predicting that global climate change combined with population increases and pollution will lead to water wars within the next 50 years (Water Wars Worldwide)
  4. Women bear the brunt of the work in collecting water, which negatively impacts their ability to educate and care for themselves and their children, which in turn is one of the most effective ways to lift communities out of poverty (charity:water and Third World Network)
  5. This affects the US too - 40% of American rivers and 46% of American lakes are too polluted for swimming or fishing (DoSomething.org)
So what can you do?
  • Educate yourself about the issues by, say, reading this post!
  • Reduce your consumption of water.
  • Reduce storm runoff by planting trees and rain gardens, installing rain barrels and green roofs, selecting native plants and using permeable pavers (among other things).  Live in DC?  The DC DOE has money available for all of the above through their River Smart Homes program.
  • Donate your time and/or money to a water charity.  One of my favorites is the annual Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup (the last Saturday of September each year).
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle!  Anything you can do to cut down on the amount of stuff you throw away reduces the pollution that flows into our waterways.

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