Water scarcity

To produce a ¼ pound burger requires immense natural resources. Water is needed to grow the alfalfa and grains fed to the cows. Water is needed to hydrate the bovine himself (and they drink 20-30 gallons a day). Plant-based foods generally require less water and are less resource intensive. Eat vegan!

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
—  Ban Ki-moon

Welcome to Earth Week on TED-Ed Tumblr! All week, we’ve been sharing ways for you to be a more considerate resident of Planet Earth (that you can apply…all year!). We’re excited to share today’s post which is a collaboration with Tumblr’s Creatrs Network, that hopefully will get you riled up about water conservation. 

Can you imagine your life without water? Probably not, yet water scarcity affects every continent and around 2.8 billion people around the world. More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water, and not just in the developing world, as the water crisis in Flint so recently brought to light.

Yet, every day, we all unnecessarily waste water. Here are some tips for conserving water in your daily life. Every little bit counts, and every lotta bit counts even more!

Love the Earth, and the Earth will love you back! Happy Earth Day!!

For his Ice Bucket Challenge, Matt Damon dumped toilet water on his head 

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has clogged our newsfeeds for weeks and inspired some vehement debate about its effectiveness and ethicality in the process. Does this awareness campaign really achieve anything? With a massive drought in California, why are Californians dumping water on their heads? And, more globally, how are Westerners so OK with wasting this much water when many people around the world don’t have access to a clean bucketful of water to begin with? Matt Damon tackled this last question head-on with his Ice Bucket Challenge video, using toilet water to raise an incredibly important issue: water scarcity. 

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