Friday, November 2, 2012

thankfulness, day 2: water

What's one thing I need, can't live without, and probably take for granted without realizing it? Water.

I am thankful for clean water.

{double-fisting water, partaaayyy!}

Yes, I know it doesn't seem like an "exciting" thing to be thankful for (who's excited to drink plain water when there are so many other possibilities??) But think about it--it's in everything, which makes it way more interesting than you would think. Clean water is already a key topic and an issue in today's world. Watch "Gasland," a documentary by Josh Fox that SCARES THE EVER-LOVING SHIT OUT OF ME. The fact that we haven't put into place more stringent regulations and rules for fracking is bizarre and frightening.

This is why I am thankful to have clean water right now, even with being in the midst of a state with a lot of potential for fracking (Kansas). Clean water will become an increasingly more valuable commodity as time goes on because it plays such a fundamental role in life. It's only when we start experiencing shortages and unclean water that we'll realize how good we had it.

If you want to contribute to an organization that brings clean water to places in the world where it is needed, here are some admirable candidates:
The Water Project
UNICEF Tap Project

I'm also interested in saving more water at home, which I already try to do ("try" being the key word). Here are several great websites for how to achieve this:
25 Ways to Conserve Water in the Home and Yard
100 Ways to Conserve Water

What do you do to conserve water?


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