It's World Water Day: Women & Water - Page 2
That means that on a daily basis, decisions are being made in this country that directly affect the wellbeing of you and your family. So what does this have to do with water, and what can you do?
Most of us are accustomed to having water literally at our fingertips. By turning a faucet we have access to a stream of water that doesn't stop flowing until we stop it. But that water sources are dwindling.
In order to be a part of the solution, we all need to become aware of the fact that the threads that tie all humans together are frayed. For me, that means thinking about my own water use. It means taking small steps, like turning off the water when I brush my teeth and do dishes, running the dishwasher less, and taking shorter showers. There are multiple ways that you can make an impact.
If every woman who reads this did just some of the things on the list, we could collective make a huge difference. Consider this: the average American uses 100-300 gallons of water per day. The average African family uses 5 gallons per day. I started to think about this every time I poured an unfinished glass of water down the drain, or flushed the toilet for the 10th time in a day, and took overly long showers, and it made me change my habits dramatically.
When I'm not "mothering" or writing, I spend my time as a photographer and artist. A lot of my own photography centers around water. It's occurred to me that every time I take a picture of the stuff, that other than air, it's one of the few elements that we all have in common, no matter where we live. And while it looks like there's an endless supply, there is no such thing as "new water." According to Unicef, the water we drink today is the same water the dinosaurs drank. And ignoring that could put us in danger of meeting a similar fate.
So on today, World Water Day, I invite you make a change in your own water usage to help voice your own support for women who can't.