We’re in the final days of the AtoZ Challenge! It’s gone quickly. While I’m ready to slow the pace a bit, I’ve had a lot of fun.
Water. We can live without it for three days. We need it to grow everything we eat, from fruits and vegetables to meats. California’s drought is particularly alarming since the state grows much of the nation’s food.
Even here in the rainy Pacific Northwest, we are officially in a drought. The snowpack on the Olympic Mountains in minimal this year. People are concerned, and complete strangers have initiated conversations with me that begin with, “Can you believe there’s no snow on Hurricane Ridge this year?”
There seems to be some squabbling in California about who should be conserving water. People don’t want to think about not flushing their toilets as much when Nestle is harvesting water for bottling, or water-intensive fracking is going on. I get it…but it doesn’t matter. When we’re in a crisis, we each have to do what we can.
I grew up with parents and grandparents who were products of the Great Depression. They didn’t waste anything. My grandma washed out her plastic bags for re-use, and I remember rubber bands hanging from a cabinet knob. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems as though we have changed as a society from one that conserves to one that consumes and then brags about it.
We take water for granted because we are used to its flowing freely from our spigots. Still, there’s no reason we can’t conserve. If all of us pitch in, we can make a difference.
So, what can we do?
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