Just to make sure that all of this really hits home, let's go back to basic arithmetic. How much is one trillion? A trillion is a thousand billions. A billion is a thousand millions. Just so you know, Rihanna's net worth is about 75 million. JUST 75. Not even a hundred. Barack Obama? His net worth is around 12.2 million. Not only does this highlight just how much a thousand millions (and furthermore, a trillion) is, it also points out rather well where our priorities lie. A very important message that I want to put out there is the real importance of these matters, regarding the current illness of our Earth. It is our home, and it is fine to care about music, and celebrities, but the place we live, and life itself- as far as we know, UNIQUE to this planet- should be our highest priority. We are responsible for the survival of life, all life, as long as we only know of our single life sustaining planet, by virtue of an intellect capable of understanding and dealing with the problems threatening the Earth's precious cargo.
Thus, we must take care of it. There are many ways that we can save literally thousands of gallons of water each year. An exhaustive list can be found at http://www.runningdry.org/savewater2.html, but I'll just list out some of the easier, more basic ideas.
- One clever trick that can be used is to place a container weighted with small rocks or pebbles and filled with water inside your toilet tank. The result is that where the container of UNUSED water is placed, there is a space (varying according to the container's size) where water is not refilled with each flush, meaning less water is used. It is important, therefore, that the contained clears the water level in the tank, preventing it from escaping. This saves up to 300 gallons each month. An even better idea is to simply replace your five to seven gallon per flush toilet, with a one and a half gallon flush model.
- Turning off the water while brushing one's teeth, until it's time to rinse, saves about three gallons a day
- When about to take a shower, don't waste cold water while waiting for it to heat up- catch it in a bucket or other receptacle, and use it to flush the toilet (Just pour it into the toilet bowl, and it flushes automatically) or water plants. This saves around 400 gallons a month.
- Turn off the water while shaving, with a small amount filling the sink for rinsing the razor. Just as with brushing your teeth, this saves three gallons each day.
- Minimize the use of detergent when washing dishes, because less water is used for rinsing. This saves as high as 150 gallons a month.
- Using mulch around plants and trees outdoors slows down evaporation, minimizing the need to water plants, and can save 750 to 1,500 gallons (!) a month.
- Also, DON'T water plants on windy days! There is enough resulting evaporation to waste as high as 300 gallons PER WATERING.
- To do this one proper justice, I'll quote directly from www.runningdry.com- ''Dispose of hazardous materials properly! One quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water, effectively eliminating that much water from our water supply. Contact your city or county for proper waste disposal options. And don't flush prescription medications!''
These are just a few of many options for saving water and minimizing usage. I would highly recommend checking out the full list, which contains all kinds of ideas of how to save water, every day, as well as a guide to use when shopping, which tells you how much water is needed to prepare many common foods that we eat regularly without realizing all the water we use. As you look at the information listed, remember that all the water available to those of us who live in highly developed countries has been taken away from other places where people have no choice but to save water.
The right to live is universal, and necessarily facilitated by the ability to obtain moisture. But those companies who participate in building a monopoly on water, and also those of us who sustain their efforts, are consciously or unconsciously depriving thousands of people each year of the right to live. Not just people suffer, either- also forests and wildlife across the globe which suffer from unnatural droughts caused by the manipulation of river flows and the extraction of groundwater. We can't
single-handedly topple the devastating towers of progress which leave their mark on water-starved California and other places. But by changing our individual habits, we can do our part to save water, at least until the public is adequately aware of the issue to take greater measures toward healing our thirsty planet.