Earth Day is my wedding anniversary. We did not really plan it, it just happened. But if I WAS to plan a wedding that would be the day. My wedding was earth friendly. Shorts,tank-top and in front of a judge in Austin,Texas. No fuss , just romance. I hope my daughters do the same.
In commemorating Earth Day , our family has watched the movie/documentary ¨Dirt!¨. It is full of information and inspiration that, if you are a caring person, you can help restore earth´s original Eden. Maybe not right away but for a future generation. It is also a maddening film to see how we have pillaged resources. And to add to it they developed a site to encourage us to BE THAT HUMMINGBIRD!
We also watched ¨Flow; for the love of Water¨ another excellent film. No matter how much you think you know there is more to learn. Did you know that the American company Bechtal privatized the rain!? In Bolivia with the insistence of the World Bank! Some info from their site and movie:
Of the 6 billion people on earth, 1.1 billion do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.
While the average American uses 150 gallons of water per day, those in developing countries cannot find five.
There are estimates that from five hundred thousand to seven million people get sick per year from drinking tap water. Erik Olson, Deputy Staff Director of Barbara Boxerʼs Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW), FLOW.
The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.(www.water.org)
According to the National Resources Defense Council, in a scientific study in which more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of water were tested, about one-third of the bottles contained synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic. (www.nrdc.org)
Water is a $400 billion dollar global industry; the third largest behind electricity and oil. CBS News, FLOW.
Next time your run the water to brush your teeth just think about it. Next time it RAINS, think about the idea that someone, some corporation, thinks they OWN THE RAIN!! And when will it happen here? So for us, every little thing we can do is helping recreate Eden. Compost your food and garden waste, garden, catch rain and conserve.
CLEAN WATER LINKS
Be Water Wise
Nuba Water Project
Clean Water Action