Water, the issue of our time
March 18, 2016
If you missed the showing of the documentary FLOW last weekend at Michael Fields but would like to learn more check out these resources:
Of the 6 billion people on earth, 1.1 billion do not have access to safe, clean drinking water. www.charitywater.org
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently does not regulate 51 known water Contaminants. www.foodandwaterwatch.org
While the average American uses 150 gallons of water per day, those in developing countries cannot find five. www.charitywater.org
The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. www.water.org
According to the National Resources Defense Council, in a scientific study in which more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of water were tested, about one-third of the bottles contained synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic. www.nrdc.org
Water is a $400 billion dollar global industry; the third largest behind electricity and oil. ~ CBS News, FLOW.
There are estimates that from five hundred thousand to seven million people get sick per year from drinking tap water. ~ Erik Olson, Deputy Staff Director of Barbara Boxer’s Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW), FLOW.
California’s water supply is running out – it has about 20 years of water left in the state.~ Maude Barlow, author of Blue Covenant and co-author of Blue Gold, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, FLOW.
There are over 116,000 human-made chemicals that are finding their way into public water supply systems. ~ William Marks, author of Water Voices from Around the World, FLOW.
In Bolivia nearly one out of every ten children will die before the age of five. Most of those deaths are related to illnesses that come from a lack of clean drinking water. ~ Jim Schultz, founder of the Democracy Center in Bolivia, FLOW.
The cost per person per year for having 10 liters of safe drinking water every day is just $2 USD. ~ Ashok Gadgil, Senior Staff Scientist in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, FLOW.
Privatizing Wisconsin’s Water – Public News Story – by Tim Morrissey, www.publicnewsservice.org
Watch the FLOW Trailer
This Cover Crop Fact Sheet explains the relationship between agricultural practices and water quality; written by Dr. Jim Stute, Research Director at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.