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The fight for access to clean water is far from over and the media need to make sure it’s covered every step of the way. 

According to UNICEF, 663 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. The book’s technology can successfully turn even diluted sewage into filtered water that’s comparable to the tap water in America.

How it works: Tear out a page, slide it into the filter box, pour in the contaminated water, and what comes out is safe to drink.

One book can provide someone with clean water for up to four years.

Each book costs pennies to produce, but funding is desperately needed to help bring it to the market.


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‘Black Sludge’ Pours Out Of Texas Town’s Faucets Days After FBI Arrests Nearly Every City Official

Oily black liquid is coming out of residential faucets in the rural Texas town of Crystal City, and no one is sure who to alert. That’s because twelve days ago, the FBI arrested all but one the top elected officials in town for their involvement in an illegal gambling ring and immigrant smuggling.
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During my time in Ethiopia, I met many people who rely on health care outposts like the one seen in the bottom two pictures here. Through these outposts, children and families get vaccines, diagnoses, and treatment for diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia.

But most of these families, and most of their health care facilities, don’t have regular access to clean water. When I asked people about their greatest needs, almost all of them–from the Women’s Health Army volunteers to children–cited clean water first.

More than 45 million Ethiopians live without clean water. I spoke to women who walk miles every other day with heavy jerrycans to get drinking water for their families. The people I met explained how lack of clean water is a health problem, a financial problem, and a family problem.

So for the next week nerdfighteria is teaming up with water.org to raise money to build sustainable wells so that more than 4,000 people in Ethiopia can have clean water. Please join me in donating–or, if you can’t, in spreading the word. Thanks, and DFTBA.

UPDATE: Bill Gates has pledged to match the fundraiser if we hit our goal of $100,000 for Ethiopia. 

A water wheel in Baltimore has removed over 313 tons of trash from the Inner Harbor. In just 18 months,‘Mr Trash Wheel’ successfully cleaned more than 6 million cigarette butts, 200,000 plastic bottles, 255,000 Styrofoam containers, 173,000 chip bags, and 4,000 glass bottles out of the city’s notoriously polluted river.

Mr. Trash Wheel has a lot of work to do.

EEEEEW. 

Mr. Trash Wheel also has a Twitter account.

And a sense of humor.

And a pretty nice view…

… thanks to himself.

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Lifesaver Jerrycan

Not a weapon but I figure if most of my followers have firearms, some have a desire for survival gear as well. The Lifesaver Jerrycan can filter out all currently known viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites from fresh water. This gives you a 5 gallon supply of water for drinking, cooking, even bathing thanks to a pump & shower feature. The filter can go through about 5,300 gallons before needing replacement. It should be noted that it cannot filter salt water, heavy metals or radioactively contaminated sources.

A bit pricey at around $250+, but considering what it does, to some people it’s worth every penny.

I’ve seen a post going around that says “if you reblog this post, this much money goes towards clean water.”  The comments say things like “I don’t know if this is true, but I’m doing it.”

If you really want to make a difference and give someone clean water, you should consider buying a LifeStraw.  For every one you buy, the company donates one to a school child in Africa who needs it.

The LifeStraw is a personal water filter that:

  • Filters at least 1,000 liters of water (264 gallons)
  • Weighs only 54 grams (2 oz.)
  • Removes up to 99.99999 percent of waterborne bacteria
  • Removes up to 99.9 percent of waterborne protozoan cysts
  • Reduces turbidity by filtering particles of approx 0.2 microns
  • BPA Free and contains no chemicals
  • Uses no batteries or moving parts

If you need any reasons why you should do this, please check out THIS link.

**Rhaegar

Some of you may or may not know about this but I need to share. The unicef tap project is amazing. For every 10 minuets you don’t touch your phone unicef will donate water to someone for a day. They are trying to show how hard it is to go without something. It’s a really easy way to help other people. When you are doing homework or even sleeping just google unicef tap project and start. You can help so many people.

Here’s how one of the world’s most common toxins is poisoning American children

Flint, Michigan is in the midst of a horrific crisis. For years, lead has been leaching from its corroded pipes into its water supply, poisoning its residents.

Lead is one of the most egregious toxic metals that can enter the human body. While it sickens people of all ages, young children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies absorb four to five times as much as adults.

For this reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that there are no safe levels of lead exposure for children. According to the World Health Organization, lead exposures contribute to 600,000 new cases of intellectual disabilities in children each year.

Here are the different ways lead exposures can often irreversibly harm young children.

Wastewater injection wells and fracking are linked to earthquakes - as big as magnitude 5.7 and “swarms” of smaller ones - according to an increasingly significant body of evidence. In this seventh daily graphic, these recent headlines refer to some of the science featured in the Compendiumfrom Concerned Health Professionals of NY: http://ConcernedHealthNY.org/Compendium/

North Carolina legislators are considering a bill that would make it a crime to publicly disclose toxic chemicals that energy companies use in the hydraulic fracturing process, with offenders on the hook for fines or even jail time.

Under the parameters of the North Carolina bill, even firefighters and individual healthcare workers could be in trouble if they openly discuss the chemicals that are injected into the ground near their home.

-rt.com

So, here’s the deal. I am not from NC- I’ve never been a resident and don’t think I will anytime soon. However, my tribe, the Catawba Indian Nation, is located just along the Catawba River, which is super important to us. The River also flows from NC where this crazy fracking business is going on. So while I may not be a citizen of NC but the decisions of the NC politicians on fracking laws is going to have a very real effect on my tribe and other South Carolinian.

 The bill has passed the state Senate 35-12, according to Circa, which means there is still time before it passes the state’s House.

Find a rep from NC (or ALL the reps from NC) and tell them to be a good neighbor and not frack this up by passing this bill.

List of NC state House Reps and their E-Mail addresses