Today, October 15th, 2010 is Annual Blog Action Day where bloggers from around the world post about the same issue in hopes to raise awareness worldwide. This year’s issue is Water, and what your specific water footprint is on the planet. Your water footprint is equal to the amount of water it takes to produce the food and beverages that you consume. If you want to have some fun and figure out what your water footprint is, go here
There is also a very cool app that you can have for you iphone (images shown below) that will show you how much water it takes to produce certain things. For instance, did you know that it takes 4,095 gallons of water to produce only 2.2 lbs. of beef? And that it takes 37 gallons of water to produce one cup of coffee! To get the app, click here
- Every week, nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.
- Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets, but many more have access to a cell phone.
- It takes 24 liters of water to produce one hamburger. That means it would take over 19.9 billion liters of water to make just one hamburger for every person in Europe.
- That cotton t-shirt you’re wearing right now took 1,514 liters of water to produce, and your jeans required an extra 6,813 liters.
- The water footprint of China is about 700 cubic meter per year per capita. Only about 7% of the Chinese water footprint falls outside China.
Japan with a footprint of 1150 cubic meter per year per capita, has about 65% of its total water footprint outside the borders of the country.
The USA water footprint is 2500 cubic meters per year per capita.
So what can you do?
Aside from paying attention to what you’re eating and how you’re spending your resources, you can take action and petition for cleaner water around the world by clicking on the link below. You can also share this blog post, as well as other blog posts from other bloggers, with your friends