About the issue:
* The ancient Romans had better water quality than half the people alive now
* Only 63% of the world’s population has access to improved sanitation
* Waterborne diseases cause 1.4 million children’s deaths every year
* Women spend thousands of hours each year collecting and carrying water.
* Half of the world’s hospitalizations are due to water-related disease
* 70% of the world’s freshwater supply is devoted to agriculture
* Over 50 percent of all water projects fail in the first few years
Today’s water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but of access. More people in the world own cell phones than have access to a toilet. And as cities and slums grow at increasing rates, the situation worsens. Every day, lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills thousands, leaving others with reduced quality of life.
Without water, life would not exist. It is a prerequisite for all human and economic development.
Yet today, nearly one billion people – about one in eight – lack access to clean water. More than twice that many, 2.5 billion people, don’t have access to a toilet.
There has been significant public attention paid to the issue of water scarcity lately, and for good reason. Although water is a renewable resource, it is also a finite one. Only 2.53 percent of earth’s water is fresh, and some two-thirds of that is locked up in glaciers and permanent snow cover. But despite the very real danger of future global water shortages, for the vast majority of the nearly one billion people without safe drinking water, today’s water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but of access.
The United States is in no way immune to the affects of the water crisis. We have more resources than most and a comfort that goes beyond logic in contrast to sustainable models. Global changes with our most valuable resource do not recognize political boundaries and as such, we are all facing the outcomes of mismanaged water together. I live in NW Oregon on the west coast of the U.S. Water is abundant here. After about seven or more months of rain a year our forests are green and rivers are flowing. Or so it seems. Pollution is rampant but under the radar. Multinational corporations like Nestle, Pepsi, Coke and others are buying up our water sources for bottling plants and taking away the public right to water for communities all over. This issue is real. This issue is now. With mighty rivers like the Colorado and Rio Grande in the west and southwest no longer reaching the ocean, and American soils becoming arid and salt encrusted from poorly managed and dammed water bodies used for mass and unnatural agriculture, we are facing this impending crisis now. It is vital that we unify and act within our communities now and without hesitation.
Water is essential to our everyday lives. And, our supplies are limited…so please use water wisely. If each of us changed our water-use habits, we could save billions of gallons of water. Here’s how you can help:
What you can do: Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
How much you can save (=): 3 gallons per day
Shorten your showers by one or two minutes: = 5 gallons per day
Fix leaky faucets: = 20 gallons per day
Wash only full loads of laundry: = 15 to 50 gallons per load
Water your yard only before 8 a.m. to reduce evaporation and interference from wind.: = 25 gallons per day
Install a smart sprinkler controller.: = 40 gallons per day
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.: = 150 gallons each time.
Check your sprinkler system for leaks, broken parts or inefficiencies: = 500 gallons a month.
These solutions provided by: http://www.bewaterwise.com/tips01.html
About the Film:
"Water Tension" (working title), is a reflexive and experiential journey that will bring hope and the reality of how connected we all are regardless of our story. This documentary is my humble piece of the puzzle. Sharing the content, message and stories of those that we encountered on our journey is my way of standing up for immediate and mass change in our specie's water ethos and practices. The water crisis washing upon us is coming unnoticed by most in our country and is such a holistic and pandemic crisis that I find it daunting to invest in this film which may only make a small dent in the coming storm. Having said that, I stand up boldly and with my camera rolling I am choosing to tell this story and make my mark. I could not live fully knowing that I went silent about this information I have learned about our fate without sharing transparently with my brothers and sisters. In "Water Tension" Brittany App and I share our unique and wild adventure in a way that will have you feeling like you pedaled all 3,200 miles with us. You will live through the brutal elements, the moments of breakdown and redemption, the joys and hardships of life on the road and the incredible stories of our new-found friends who took part in our nomadic venture. The film will educate on the water crisis here and abroad while giving a voice to the people who shared their intimate journeys with us along the way. We interview a diverse group of individuals about their lives, their values, their legacy and their connections to water and the current water crisis. Pedal with us over mountains, across deserts and through the deep south as we discover who we truly are and how connected we all are through water and our commons bonds. An epic tale of following our dreams to the end of the road and beyond. This film will change you. Water is life. Peace be the journey.
To watch other videos by Garrett Russell and GBR Productions visit: http://vimeo.com/gbrproductions/videos/sort:plays
or: peacecommandos.org = (Spinfilm)
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