I’m pleased to feature Harriet Shugarman – ClimateMama on BoomerWarrior. Harriet wears many hats.She is an activist, a policy analyst, an economist and a Mom. BoomerWarrior will feature Earth Day Challenge articles from ClimateMama for the remainder of this week-long initiative. Water Wednesday is presented one day late but the importance of water for humanity and future generations is paramount. (Editor: R Montpellier)
On Earth Day, we launched our first Earth Day Challenge, a full week of “daily” challenges, that gets us thinking about what we eat, where it comes from and why we need to be mindful about many of the things we in the developed world often take for granted. Check in with ClimateMama each morning to see what the next day’s challenge will be. Remember to have a quick family meeting at breakfast or dinner to discuss the daily challenge and see what the kids in your life have to say about it.
Today, “Water Wednesday” is a day to think about not only the water we drink and where it comes from, but also what we drink out of, as the proliferation of water drinks in the developed world is an increasing and growing trend. Our friends at the Plastic Pollution Coalition have some interesting information for you to share with the kids in your life about where all the plastic we are using, including that found in single use beverage and water bottles, ends up and why we should fight to prevent this overuse of plastic in our lives!
For some relevant facts and information about water access around the world, check out our World Water Day post. A few more facts about water to share with the kids in your life today from the US Environmental Protection Agency:
The water found at the Earth’s surface in lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and swamps makes up only 0.3% of the world’s fresh water.
- 68.7% of the fresh water on Earth is trapped in glaciers.
- 30% of fresh water is in the ground.
- 1.7% of the world’s water is frozen and therefore unusable.
- Water covers 70.9% of the Earth’s surface.
Along with oxygen and sleep, we need water. We need between 9-13 cups of water per day because we lose water through breathing, perspiration, and urinating. There are many issues with bottled v. tapped water. Depending on where you live, you may or may not be able to drink water straight from the tap instead of buying it from a bottled source. As extreme weather becomes more common place around the globe, droughts and flooding impact our access to and the reliability of fresh water. These may be some of the issues you want to discuss with the kids in your life today.
Tomorrow is Try a New Recipe Thursday
You’re almost done with the workweek; why not try something new? Our intern Michelle tells us that she “admires vegans because in a world that is slowly progressing toward abstaining from eating and using animal products, it is not always easy to get a salad over an omelet or a sandwich without meat.” Vegan food and markets are not yet nearly as accessible as mass produced meats and chickens. Refresh your memory and reread Monday’s challenge, where there were many reasons why veganism benefits the environment. One of Michelle’s favorite vegan treats is Chai Latte Muffins: Here’s the recipe. If you’re looking for a full vegan meal try this one!