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Blog Action Day 2010: Water

Posted Oct 15 2010 8:00am

Today is Blog Action Day , an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action.

This year’s topic is “water” and thousands of bloggers will discuss this single issue to raise awareness, initiate action and to shake the web!

Lucky Blog is participating in the annual Blog Action Day for the fourth consecutive year, discussing important topics such as poverty and climate changes . This year’s topic is essential for the survival of every living element in the Planet Earth: water.

71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. However, only about 2 percent of the planet’s water is fresh and ¾ of this fresh water is locked up in the polar ice caps and glaciers. So, consider this: only about a small part of the remaining 0.5% is considered “drinkable water” and the world population is currently estimated to be 6,875,100,000. Once again, that does not include animals, plants and other living creatures that need fresh water for survival.

Fresh drinkable water is a precious thing and many people do not realize that. Currently 3.6 million people die each year because they don’t have clean water to drink and every day 4,000 children younger than 5 die from preventable, water-borne diseases.

Millions of people across the world do not have clean fresh water available but yet we continue to waste water in many preventable activities. We often see people cleaning sidewalks using a hose instead of using a broom, wasting gallons of fresh water. Some people take excessive long showers wasting so much water on a daily basis. We understand a long shower may be relaxing and the running water feels great on your skin but, after all, when you are showering, you are just supposed to clean your body.

Drinking bottled water is another problem for the environment as LuckyBlog has displayed so many times. In the United States, each person drinks in average 200 bottles of water each year and only about 15% of these bottles will be recycled. Millions of barrels of oil are needed to produce all plastic bottles for the U.S. each year, while transporting these bottles burns ever more oil. Additionally, most people do not realize that bottle water is often sourced at municipal water systems. So basically, bottle water is as good as tap water.

Drinking water is essential for a healthy diet but buying bottled water is definitely not the best option to protect the environment. Minimizing the volume of recyclable and non-recyclable trash is essential to protect our environment. One of the easiest ways to reduce the volume of waste is to use a water bottle, saving hundreds of plastic bottles of water. The same rule applies for coffee cups. You can save hundreds of coffee cups by simply using a coffee mug.

You can buy a top-quality water bottle for less than $5 and will not waste a single disposable plastic bottle for the rest of the year. Plus, you are saving a lot of money too. If you buy one or two bottles of water a day, you are spending anywhere between $1000 and $1500 a year. If you don’t have filtered water at home, an entire water purification system won’t cost you more than $100, a great investment for you and your family.

Save the planet and save your money: buy a water bottle instead of a bottle of water.

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