Do you ever run your tap for a few seconds just so water would be a few degrees colder?
Everyday we go through our lives without much regard to all the things we have. We get jealous over what our friends have that we don’t or by what we see on TV that’s out of our budget.
You can even hear someone say: ‘it’s not fair!’. Is it, though?
Is the fact that you don’t have $1,000 for a new, overhyped (sorry, Apple fans) smartphone while your current one is working just fine, not fair? Is it fair that a 9 year old kid has to walk 5 or 10 miles to get some drinkable water?
Let’s get it straight. I don’t want you to feel bad about the privileged life you live. I am on the same boat. We already live pretty hectic and fast-paced lives. It’s completely natural to forget about saving energy and water.
However, the problem is that the water scarcity is increasing and we should do our part to help. Especially, when often it’s not that hard to do.
2.5 billion people in trouble
Over 1 billion people are in dire need of clean water.
Another 1.5 billion don’t have an adequate access to water supply.
As I became an advocate for preservation and helping people without access to water, I noticed that a lot of the same questions come up when you try to explain the issue. For example, how me saving water helps those in developing countries?
Let me stop you right here.
Misconceptions are usual. Remember when Trump made fun of climate change because he didn’t understand how aerosol sprayed in a room influences the Ozone layer?
He’s good at knowing how a good free spins offer can bring him more casino revenue, but connecting dots when it comes to pollution seems hard for the current president of the United States.
So, if you have so-called ‘dummy questions’ about water preservation, please know that there are none. At one point, someone already asked all of these questions.
The problem is, people are horrible at seeing the bigger picture. When it comes to voting, recycling and a myriad of other issues we often think that what we do doesn’t matter. In fact, it’s the collective mind that matters. Of course, your action in this very second may not make the whole lot of a difference, but what if 10 people think this way? Or a 1000?
Remember, a lot of things are happening when you save water. When you use your dishwasher, washing machine more sensibly and, essentially, use other water preservation tactics, you also save energy and money. Believe it or not, it does translate into power plants using less water and energy to produce the electricity.
Keep in mind, that out of all the water consumption, only 13% to 20% goes to human use. Depending on the nation, 70%-80% goes to agriculture and industry.
Three simple ways to help:
Promote water saving
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, former CEO of Nestle, who to me is Austria’s second worst man, has once claimed that water should not be a basic human right. Which is despicable, even by standards of an out-of-touch millionaire businessman. What he fails to understand is that people cannot live without water.
So, one way to help is to spread the word. Looking for gifts? Look for energy-saving light bulbs, water-saving faucets, etc. It doesn’t seem like much but it matters.
Perhaps that’s not even necessary to say but people forget that there are great organizations, like LiveEarth and thewaterproject.org that build wells and helps in many other ways.
Also, support startups like http://lifestraw.com/. LifeStraw has grown into a big company now but has the same it is still the life-changing product.
3)Be sensible on political spectrum
Promoting soilless growing methods (like aeroponics), fighting against pollution, climate change as well as developing Green Energy resources is vital for all of us. When next time you are in that booth, choose a candidate who understands the importance of building a future for our grandkids.