And as we take the next few days to wax poetic about water, there are a couple movies that you should see. Alex at Eat Persimmons tweet-minded me about it this morning…
First, Blue Gold, a film on water privatization.
Second, Tapped, a film on the bottle water industry.
Lastly, check out more about Food & Water Watch’s campaign and tell us about what you’re doing to celebrate World Water Day.
Reporter: “Water is awesome. Do you know how I know? Because I’m 70 percent water, and I am awesome.”
(Recent quote on one of my favorite sites ever, Overheard in the Newsroom.)
Food and water, they go hand in hand. Basically all food is made up of a huge percentage of water. Water sustains us. You can survive for weeks without eating (theoretically—I mean, I can’t survive until noon without eating). But after just a couple days without water, your body will start to go into some serious shock. In fact, the other day at The Eagle office, the water wasn’t working in the building at all (no idea why), and not only was I super de-hydrated, I felt like my rights as an individual were being taken away!
Unfortunately, water has also been exploited over the past 50 or so years. I am talking about the bottled water industry and the privatization of water. As is customary with the human race, we have managed to take a basic, simple resource and life sustainer and found a way to make a profit at the expense of the environment and our health.
So today I am asking you to do a few things:
- If you haven’t already, pledge to give up bottled water. Just, do it. I’m not even going to go into details here because chances are you know all the reasons why bottled water is the devil. Check out Janine’s post on all the reasons you’re a freaking idiot if you are still purchasing bottled water. And check this out for tips on choosing a water filter. If you live in a city with not-so-great water, as I do, it’s helpful. I use a Brita but there’s plenty of other options.
- Once you do that, go on Facebook and make this your profile picture…and then go here and find out more about World Water Day on March 22nd.
- Mosey over to Diana’s site and participate in Project Hydrate and pledge to drink more water—from the tap, of course. 😉
- Educate yourself on how private control of water hurts consumers and helps no one except giant corporations.
- Tell a friend, link back to this, or post something on your blog about the upcoming World Water Day.
Do you still drink bottled water? Be honest. If so, why? Let’s get to the bottom of this!
Happy drinking from the tap!