878. Minimizing My Water Impact on the World

On a rainy day in Seattle it’s hard to imagine there is any kind of water crisis anywhere. Not so far away in California or Nevada the residents might have a small feel of it.  But it gets much worse than that.

While over 70% of the earth is water, only 1% of it might be fit for human consumption.  Sure, there are treatments for some of this water  but they aren’t cheap or readily available to those most affected by the water crisis.  Bad water kills more than 3.5 million people annually – that’s roughly the population of the USA !  Imagine the entire US population being wiped out every year.

How does being vegan help?  It takes approximately 8 times as much water to grow feed and water cattle for just 1 (ONE) hamburger than for 1 veggie burger.  That amounts to 3000 gallons clean water for just ONE MEAL!    Imagine eating vegan once a week – what a difference that makes over the year, or 3 meals a day – 3.27 million gallons of water saved per year.

Yes, I’m grateful to be minimizing my impact, and so are the children who suffer the most from bad water.

Find out more: http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/home

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