Spring: Day 2. World Water Day.

Spring: Day 2. World Water Day.

I spent most of the day on the phone, in meetings, and back on the phone. But somewhere in the midst of it, I ran across this photo of my yard in August. Pathetic. About a year and a half ago, so much love and attention (and money) went into making this yard beautiful. And a few months later, it looked like Death Valley. In fact, this summer, it sort of felt like death around here. At least like Rango. (Johnny Depp as an animated dying-of-thirst lizard, pretty much equals death to me.)

But then when I got home today, the yard looks like this:

The only difference: rain. That’s it. I’ve done literally nothing to make any change. It just fell from the sky.

That’s not always the case though.

The infographic was produced by Whole Living and was created by Lemon.ly. The graphic features staggering water stats that Alanna Stang (editor-in-chief) and her team discovered while putting together the April “Blue Issue” of Whole Living magazine (which also features a swell review of my friend Jenny’s new book, “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened.” Check it.  A sampling of the stats:

  • ·        The average American household uses 350 gallons of water a day
  • ·        Some California residents are trucking in bottled water to bathe their kids b/c they can’t access enough clean water
  • ·        It takes 2,900 gallons of water to make a single pair of blue jeans
  • ·        It takes 1,800 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef
  • ·        Doing one load of laundry is the equivalent of flushing the toilet 35 times
  • ·        It takes three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water

It’s Spring. It’s gorgeous now. Everything is good. But last Summer, after something like 118 days over 100 with no rain, I really got what it’s like to be without water. It affected the environment, the animals (who went insane and started killing each other, oh by the way), and the chemical make up and moods of every living thing in a 200 mile radius.

This lack (in a weird way) helped inspire the Camp Mighty Charity: Water initiative. Maggie thought of it, I was like oh hell yes let’s do it, and then in a snap, and as a group, we raised enough money to provide almost 1,400 people with water.

That changed me.

My own verrry minor lack of water changed me.

And I’ll never take water for granted again.

So I’ve decided to stop bathing.

Ha. I kid. But I’m making clean water my cause. (For starters, I’m giving up my birthday to help bring clean water to people in need. Want to do that too?)

A little goes a long way.

Happy World Water Day!

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3 Responses to Spring: Day 2. World Water Day.

  1. Barchbo says:

    I adopted clean water and water conservation as a concern about 10 years ago when I learned how many of students IN AUSTIN did not have regular access to clean running water. (Have you ever seen a child try to bathe in cocoa butter lotion to get clean? Heartbreaking.)

    We installed a rainwater collection barrel and are researching ways to have a water-conserving yard. We are sticking with the eco-conscious dirt/mud until then. Thanks for the reminder that water preservation is a team sport!

    PS: I wash my hair no more than 2x a week. Gross? I say eco-friendly!

  2. Alyssa S. says:

    Of course I’ve always known water was important but it never really hit me how bad it was not to have water until our drought last summer. To see so many huge, old trees just dying was devastating. I’m so happy that we’ve had so much rain this year…well except for all of the mosquitoes that have come with it.

  3. Kpaull says:

    Love it! The boys donated the money they saved for charity to provide water and wells. I think we were all changed by last summer. I still marvel at the rain, mud and the rising lake levels. It feels like a miracle. I hope it continues, but we will never be the same after watching the trees and animals suffer. I would love to have some rain collection barrles- mothers day next year? This year I am asking for some more fruit trees.

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