water waste

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Why prairies matter and lawns don’t
Lawns – those myopically obsessive (and evil) urban, suburban, and increasingly rural monoculture eyesores that displace native ecosystems at a rate between 5,000 and 385,000 acres per day* in favor of sterile, chemically-filled, artificial environments bloated with a tremendous European influence that provide no benefits over the long term; no food, no clean water, no wildlife habitat, and no foundation for preserving our once rich natural heritage. And there’s the unbearable ubiquitousness of mowing associated with such a useless cultural practice, which creates a ridiculous amount of noise pollution, air and water pollution, and a bustling busyness that destroys many peaceful Saturday mornings. The American lawn is the epitome of unsustainability.

Read the rest at The Roaming Ecologist.

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California couple conserving water amid drought could face fine for brown lawn

A Southern California couple who scaled back watering their lawn amid the state’s drought received a warning from the suburb where they live that they might be fined for creating an eyesore - despite emergency statewide orders to conserve. Michael Korte and Laura Whitney, who live near Los Angeles in Glendora, said on Thursday they received a letter from the city warning they had 60 days to green up their partially brown lawn or pay a fine ranging from $100 to $500. “We’re kind of in a quandary about what to do.” The letter, bearing the official symbols of Glendora and its police department, came the same week that statewide water regulators passed emergency drought restrictions for outdoor water use. California is in the third year of an extreme drought that is expected to cost the state an estimated $2.2 billion and more than 17,000 agricultural jobs.

Yesterday I said people in California would be fined by their HOAs for brown lawns. I was wrong. They’ll be fined by their cities instead.

Ok at this point we all know there’s probably not going to be any companion comments in Nuka world, but oh my god, can you imagine Danse with his typical commentary in a theme park? A constant mix of awe at the pre-war culture and lifestyle that included expensive days out to places like this and disappointment at the amount of wasted power/water/time that was used in keeping the place operational. It’s bad enough taking him to a shopping center where he complains about the fountains, the escalators, humanities ‘laziness’ etc, but gosh he’d have plenty to say about wasted water with log flumes and ‘pointless noise-making machinery’. All I’m saying is that if Bethesda don’t add any companion comments, they’ve literally missed such a great opportunity here. 

“What’s the point of these small horses going round in a circle?” 

“It’s a kids ride, Danse” 

“Yes, but what does it achieve?

"The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a waste of water!!!"

*People constantly waste TONNES of water that could be used as drinking water through manufacturing, generating electricity, making bottled drinks (including water), running pools and amusement parks, fountains, uneconomic toilets, sprinklers and garden hoses, long showers, deep hot baths, spas, car washes, making it rain on film sets, water-fights, etc.*

‘Water worriers’: *crickets*

*People use one bucket of cold water each - less than what people use daily to wash their dishes - to drench themselves, raising millions for a widely-unknown charity because they did something that could easily go viral and thus raise more money & awareness of the terrible disease that is ALS, basically turning that water into money that could save & change lives worldwide*

'Water worriers’: “OMG THAT WATER COULD’VE GONE TO AFRICA (it’s always Africa - and only Africa - even though, for example, there is currently also a water crisis in Syria, a trigger that sparked the conflict there). THAT’S SUCH A WASTE. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THE WATER CYCLE WORKS AND PERHAPS THINK THAT THAT WATER IS GONE FOREVER AND THAT NO OTHER LIVING CREATURE WILL BENEFIT FROM IT EVER AGAIN. I ALSO DON’T REALISE THAT I SHOULD ACTUALLY BE MAD AT COMPANIES DENYING THE CLIMATE CHANGE THAT HAS CAUSED WATER SHORTAGES IN AFRICA (again, always Africa). INSTEAD I GET MAD AT PEOPLE USING WATER THAT AFRICANS HAD NO ACCESS TO IN THE FIRST PLACE. I ALSO DON’T LINK TO ANY WATER CHARITIES TO SHOW HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP, OR DONATE - I JUST RANT ABOUT IT, PROBABLY BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW ANY.”

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Basically, I’ve suddenly seen a lot of people suddenly give a shit about wasting water now that the ice bucket challenge is everywhere, clogging up their social media feeds, and I doubt that many of their concerns are actually coming from a genuine or knowledgable place. 

And I say this as someone who has criticised some fundraising in the past. Charity does not exempt something from criticism, but here I don’t think the criticism is fair.

Also no one has nominated me. Boo.

anonymous asked:

I eat meat. AND I respect you for being vegan. I wished I would have so much strength in myself to do the same but I just have other things to worry about. I eat bio though. And I'm totally against animal abuse. I find your answers a little harsh. It seems like you don't respect any other lifestyles than yours?

I’m always honest so maybe that’s why many people find my answers a bit harsh. And I really don’t want to sound rude, but we all have problems you know? And I think one of the main problem we all have is that we are killing the planet we live in, how is that not important for many people? What about the future? What about the future generations? Are we that selfish that we don’t care about what could happen?

This is not only about saving some cows, expand your visions. Understand the animal agriculture is responsible of 51% of the entire gas emissions that are affecting the planet, raising the temperature levels. Understand that the animal agriculture uses a lot of fresh water for animals that are going to be killed just for a stake. Understand that one hamburger requires 660 gallons of water to produce – the equivalent of 2 months worth of showers. No matter how they were raised, it doesn’t matter if they were grass fed or if they were in a factory farm. Understand that it takes 1000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk. That animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction.  Open your eyes, because Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazon destruction.

By the year 2050 we will find the following facts to be true:

  • The world population will be 9 Billion People
  • The oceans will be dead and there will be no fish
  • We will have lost 1/3 to 2/3 of existing species
  • All of the polar ice caps will be melted

This will happen in 36 years, by that time if I’m alive I will have 60 years. I don’t want to see that happen, do you?

So this is not a lifestyle where we need people to agree with us or respect us, this is a movement that seeks to educate people and make them wake up from that dream where they think everything in this planet is ok, when it’s not. And I’m sorry if I sound rude, but this planet matters to me, the future matters. 

anonymous asked:

I agree with the comments about the water bottles. I'm sure there is some way we could get their attention and possibly convince them to be a little less wasteful. If there is another tour, I know I would miss the water fights and wet hair (😍) but I do cringe when I see all that water wasted 😖

I think that would be a great project for the next tour! I’m gonna do it…even though it will be while. *Cries* 

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Imagine if you had to walk two miles to get drinking water for your family every day. That’s what many of these children in Zambia have to do three times a day. They have dreams of going to school. 

EVERY CHILD DESERVES CLEAN, SAFE DRINKING WATER. THINK ABOUT THEM WHENEVER YOU WASTE WATER!

More children die from diseases caused by unsafe water than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. It’s tragic that 1,600 children die every day (READ IT AGAIN, 1600 CHILDREN DIE EVERY DAY) from diarrhea because they lack something as simple as clean water.

Scarce, dirty water also locks people into poverty. Clean water not only gives life, it makes it possible for kids to attend school, for families to provide adequate nutrition, and for communities to prosper.

greenerideal.com
Why Conserve Water? See how much your home is wasting - Greener Ideal
Do you know how much water you use every day? Better yet, ever thought about how much water you waste? As you complete your daily tasks, such as showering, doing dishes and watering your lawn, you are wasting a great deal of precious water. Humans continue to use water at a much faster rate than it is able to be replenished. We need to work together, to conserve our valuable resource. If every household in the United States used low-flow fixtures, we could save 2 trillion gallons of water each year, worth over $4 billion dollars!
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