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The Future We Create

A PR firm working for Dow Chemical contacted author Anna Lappé to submit a video for The Future We Create: The Future of Water, a web project about water sustainability sponsored by Dow Chemical.
This was the video that was rejected.

Anna Lappé Online Forum on Water Sustainability Video

For more info about Dow & water go to: A Future We Create

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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in opinion, water

 

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Blog Action Day Focuses on Water

I’m not going to pontificate. I’m merely going to give you a list of reading material related to or about Water.

Starting with a March 2010 Foreign Policy Magazine photo essay, The Big Thirsty .

The General Electric Superfraud:Why the Hudson Will Never Run Clean, Harper’s, December 2009.

China’s Water Grab

Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

Water For Sale

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2010 in Activism, Blogs

 

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Prelude

Friday is blog action day. It’s a day for people to post and subsequently think about one thing all at the same time.

This year the theme is water.

As a prelude I thought I’d post a few facts about water:

  • Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.
  • At birth, water accounts for approximately 80 percent of an infant’s body weight.
  • A healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day.
  • Drinking too much water too quickly can lead to water intoxication. Water intoxication occurs when water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain.
  • Water intoxication is most likely to occur during periods of intense athletic performance.
  • While the daily recommended amount of water is eight cups per day, not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some water to the body.
  • Soft drinks, coffee, and tea, while made up almost entirely of water, also contain caffeine. Caffeine can act as a mild diuretic, preventing water from traveling to necessary locations in the body.
  • Pure water (solely hydrogen and oxygen atoms) has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.
  • Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid. Wherever it travels, water carries chemicals, minerals, and nutrients with it.
  • Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water.
  • Much more fresh water is stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface.
  • The earth is a closed system, similar to a terrarium, meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. The same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present today.
  • The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles of water.
  • Of all the water on the earth, humans can used only about three tenths of a percent of this water. Such usable water is found in groundwater aquifers, rivers, and freshwater lakes.
  • The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day.
  • The United States uses nearly 80 percent of its water for irrigation and thermoelectric power.
  • The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day. Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of this water.
  • Approximately 85 percent of U.S. residents receive their water from public water facilities. The remaining 15 percent supply their own water from private wells or other sources.
  • By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.
  • The weight a person loses directly after intense physical activity is weight from water, not fat.
    1. Water is absolutely essential to the human body’s survival. A person can live for about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
    2. Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
    3. Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.
    4. Drinking adequate amounts of water can decrease the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer, and breast cancer.
    5. For a majority of sufferers, drinking water can significantly reduce joint and/or back pain.
    6. Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out wastes and bacteria that can cause disease.
    7. Water can prevent and alleviate headaches.
    8. Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
    9. Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation.
    10. Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation.

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    Posted by on October 13, 2010 in Activism

     

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    Water

    In Sanitation for all – but not for another 300 years , global health policy journalist Sarah Bosley writes about UNICEF’s and Unite for Children’s latest joint press release (found in the link below), and her recent conversation with Oliver Cumming — health policy officer of Water Aid — who told Bosley that sub-Saharan Africa will reach water/sanitation goals in the 23rd century. She suggests the time-line is unacceptable. She’s right.

    UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS)

    UN-Water GLAAS report will be presented at the first annual High Level Meeting of Sanitation and Water for All, hosted by UNICEF on 23 April in Washington, DC

    The Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is a UN-Water initiative implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO). The objective of UN-Water GLAAS is to provide policy makers at all levels with a reliable, easily accessible, comprehensive and global analysis of the evidence to make informed decisions in sanitation and drinking-water.

    Between 1997 and 2008, aid commitments for sanitation and water fell from 8% of total development aid to 5%, lower than commitments for health, education, transport, energy and agriculture, according to the latest UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) report, launched yesterday by UN-Water and the World Health Organization (WHO).

     
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    Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Aid, get educated, News and Info, Policy, water

     

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    US WORLD WATER DAY


    Water affects every aspect of our lives, yet nearly one billion people around the world don’t have clean drinking water, and 2.6 billion still lack basic sanitation. World Water Day, celebrated annually on March 22, was established by the United Nations in 1992 and focuses attention on the world’s water crisis, as well as the solutions to address it.

    This year, a collaborative of US-based organizations have joined to raise awareness and call for stronger commitments from governments, the private sector, and US citizens for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) initiatives in low-income countries.

    By deploying the solutions that already exist, we can save the lives of thousands of children each day, advance education and employment – especially among women and girls – and fuel economic growth around the world.

    Learn more about the events planned in Washington DC and around the country for World Water Day 2010 and find out how you can take action to help make clean water and sanitation a reality for people around the globe.

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    Posted by on March 22, 2010 in Activism, Aid, human rights, links

     

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