Do we take water for granted? How often do you think about the overall health of the water you drink, the showers and baths you take, the water you wash your hair with or the water in your swimming pool? Would you believe that over 663 million people still lack access to clean drinking water?
Well, today is World Water Day folks. I’d like for us to pause for a moment to observe, to learn and teach others how to take action and make a difference in caring for the health of the water in our homes, in our rivers, streams and oceans, the water used to irrigate crops and what livestock drink. How can we be more responsible water stewards?
The one critical thing we really miss outside of food during natural disasters or soil contamination is water. Our carelessness with pollutants infiltrating our oceans, creeks, streams, rivers and soil is a call to action for immediate changes in our habits, policies, and advocacy for clean water, regardless of who you are. Why? For one thing, water is one of the most essential elements to health that prevents dehydration and ensures survival. Furthermore, the human brain is made up of 95% water, the lungs consist of 90% water and the blood 82%.
We must also hold those corporations accountable who carelessly pollute our environment with chemicals that contaminate our soil which eventually work their way into our crops and water supply sources. The results of such recklessly and disregard regardless of whose responsibility it is can pose traumatic and deadly health issues to innocent people that no amount of money can cure.
So today, let’s not only pause to observe World Water Day but let’s do everything in our power to preserve and conserve this all-important necessity essential to our health and welfare.
What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It is the name given to a massive dump of floating garbage and debris found in the Pacific Ocean. Not only is this an environmental threat to marine life, but it is also a health threat to humans.
Today we observe World Oceans Day. The solution however, for cleaner oceans goes beyond this one day. The theme for this year is Healthy oceans, healthy planet. World Oceans Day, held every June 8th, is the United Nations recognized day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize celebrations – which can be a huge event in your community, a special announcement, or anything in between – to support action to protect the ocean.
Check out The Ocean Cleanup, the largest cleanup in history. http://www.theoceancleanup.com/.
Go ahead and plant a tree today! Today is National Arbor Day and across the nation we are promoting and celebrating the importance of trees. In 1872, when J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day, his idea was to simply set aside a special day for tree planting. Trees serve some very vital purposes essential for beautifying our planet, for environmental benefits and improving the human condition. On the heels of celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday April 22, National Arbor Day taps into forests and grasslands in our cities, states and nation, to look for opportunities to learn about, educate and preserve our trees.
According to forestry.about.com, here are 10 reasons why living trees are valuable:
Trees Produce Oxygen
Trees Clean the Soil
Trees Control Noise Pollution
Trees Slow Storm Water Runoff
Trees Are Carbon Sinks
Trees Clean the Air
Trees Shade and Cool
Trees Act as Windbreaks
Trees Fight Soil Erosion
Trees Increase Property Values
Learn more about National Arbor Day at the Arbor Day Foundation. Get an online tree guide, learn about programs and ways you can take action and discover techniques on how to care for our forests, nurture and celebrate trees.
Happy National Arbor Day!
Are we taking action to repair the damage we’ve done to the earth, or taking precautionary measures to prevent further manmade disasters and destruction to our planet? Today, we commemorate Earth Day! Earth Day Network’s year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. Earth Day Network is committed to promoting sustainability and environmental conservation 365 days of the year, not just on Earth Day.
Economic growth and sustainability lies within our power and how we respond to our caretaking responsibility is a choice we have, which could be a matter of life and death. Let’s take better care of our planet, because if we don’t, our planet certainly won’t protect us. What are you doing to get involved on Earth Day and what type of ecological footprint are you leaving?
Sustainability is the key to our future. So often we waste more than we should, when we can save so much more by repurposing and recycling. This month, we are celebrating National Recycling Month. On April 19, 1989, President George Bush issued Proclamation 5957, recognizing April as National Recycling Month. An excerpt from that proclamation reads:
Recycling waste helps to preserve our limited landfill space. Recycling also reduces the need to extract resources from their natural environment and thus helps to prevent the pollution such removal efforts create. It also saves energy and provides a less expensive alternative to landfills and incineration. Finally, communities can use the materials recovered through recycling to generate revenue.
Although we celebrate National Recycling Month in April, recycling should be an everyday mandate for all of us, nationally and globally. Do you recycle? Do you find the importance of recycling and repurposing, or do you think it is a waste of time? Recycling is an everyday thing to do in my household, along with repurposing. Our community participates in pick-up services for recyclables, along with our trash on garbage pickup day.
If you do not have a community wide program that encourages recycling, then you can start. First check your local recycling services for the types of items that are accepted for recycling. For more information on how you can get involved or initiate recycling awareness, check out a few of these nationwide organizations:
For all of you writers and advocates out there, spread the word, by using your writing talents to make a literary contribution to support recycling in your neck of the woods!
There’s no doubt that many of us are more than ecstatic to welcome Spring, after probably the worst, most severe Winter many regions experienced over the past three months. More than any other topic covered over the course of the last few weeks of winter, the headlines on the majority of news channels began with the weather!
Did you know that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) was founded on March 23, 1950? That’s right. This intergovernmental organization with a membership of 191 Member States and Territories originated from the International Meteorological Organization, founded in 1873. WMO’s programs provide vital information to give advance warnings of weather forecasts that could help to save lives and reduce damage to property and the environment. Today is World Meteorological Day and the theme for this year is “Climate Knowledge for Climate Action.”
According to the World Meteorological Organization,
WMO promotes cooperation in the establishment of networks for making meteorological, climatological, hydrological and geophysical observations, as well as the exchange, processing and standardization of related data, and assists technology transfer, training and research. It also fosters collaboration between the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its Members and furthers the application of meteorology to public weather services, agriculture, aviation, shipping, the environment, water issues and the mitigation of the impacts of natural disasters.
So today, why not send a shout-out to your local weather meteorologists on Twitter or Facebook. Whether or not some of their forecasts are accurate, since the climate is so unpredictable, thank them for their commitment to warning us of impeding weather dangers that could lead to tragedy or natural disasters, as well as picture perfect temperatures. If you live in the United States, check out the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov/, for active alerts, forecast maps, radar, air quality and weather safety.