Flow: For the Love of Water” documentary reflection and my thoughts on saving water!

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Flow: For Love of Water

Water is an amazingly valuable resource without which life would not be possible. The documentary “Flow: For Love of Water” discusses the pollution and misuse of water around the world. Before watching Flow, I never thought about the fact that some people might not consider access to clean water a right. Water is something everyone needs to survive, and to me it is common sense that everyone should have access to it. After watching Flow, I realized that there are people out there who take advantage of others and of water by monopolizing and making a profit off of it. According to Flow, there are over 2 million people who die each year of water-borne diseases, many of which are caused by lack of access to clean water. There are some people out there who take advantage of this and make people pay for clean water — pay for life.

Some water companies do not care about the quality of their water or what their companies are doing to the environment either. Not only are the ocean and groundwater being polluted, but bottled water may not even be ‘healthier’ than tap water! When it comes down to it, there is less than 1 person who regulates the whole bottled water industry in America. Arsenic, chemicals, and bacteria have been found in bottled water that companies claim to be clean and much safer than tap water. All of this information shocked me because I had been completely unaware of it beforehand! Wouldn’t I have heard at least a little bit about this pressing issue? I guess it’s covered up pretty well by the industry…To take a stand and save water and people, do some research of your own if you’d like to, and sign the petition to adopt Article 31: The Right to Water. Flow made me much more aware of how much humans impact the water supply and how much the water supply impacts humans; we should be doing everything we can to preserve water and give clean water to those who go without it.

Now before I move on to the next little topic, a disclaimer: I am in no way trying to aggressively push you to be Vegan. However, I am vegan myself, so if you were to be converted because of this post then that would be a dream come true for me! No pressure…Don’t worry, just kidding. But on a more serious note, the goal of this little blurb is to explain how veganism helps the environment (in particular, how it saves water, which is an extremely important thing to do in the world today) and give a little background to one of the reasons I myself became vegan. 🙂

In its simplest terms, veganism is when a person does not support any industry that abuses/uses animals. In other words, no consumption of meat or dairy, no animal-tested products, no Sea World, etc. The most direct way that veganism saves water is because it does not support the meat and dairy industries. Some fun facts: 1 potato requires about 25 liters of water for production, while a single hamburger requires a whopping 2,400 liters (about the equivalent of 2 months’ worth of showers). In other words, you’d save more water by not eating half a kilogram of meat than you would if you were to stop showering for 6 months. Overall, a vegan diet requires 1,000 litres of water per day while a meat-eater’s diet requires 15,100 liters of water a day. Not only does it require lots of water to produce animals products, but because the animals are so densely packed on industrial farms and so rapidly mated, they produce much more manure than can be used as fertilizer. This manure, along with blood from slaughterhouses, is often found in runoff from facilities, which contaminates groundwater, rivers, and the ocean. A vegan diet saves water by not supporting the industries that use and contaminate the most water. A sidenote, if you have any interest or questions about veganism, don’t hesitate to contact me!

When it comes to saving water, every little thing helpsFrom quitting meat consumption cold turkey (pun intended) to going meatless one day a week to simply taking shorter showers, everything we do to preserve water helps! Our water resources are in danger and every drop counts. The Earth needs our protection and it is time that we step up and give back to the environment that has supported us for so long.

Thanks for reading!

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Isn’t water beautiful and amazing?!

 

 

 

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