Earth Day celebrates its 49th year this year on the 22nd of April, in raising awareness for environmental conservation and to create a healthy, sustainable environment. Originating from the United States by Earth Day founder, Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day has become an international movement that has gathered and united more than 190 countries and celebrated by millions around the globe each year.
As the 50th Anniversary for Earth Day approaches in 2020 next year, it will be an era for great change to create a new environmental paradigm.
How does Earth Day tie in with water conservation?
This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Protect our species”. You might ask, “How does protecting our species tie in with water conservation?”
Like Rachel Carson, famous American marine biologist who helped spark the global environmental movement has mentioned - “In nature, nothing exists alone”. Protecting our species, especially endangered and threatened ones, is a huge task that needs to be tackled not just by combating global warming alone. The use of fossil fuels, deforestation, air and water pollution and global warming manifesting itself through droughts or floods has everything to do to work together in endangering animals and insects that roam the earth.
If we fail to keep the various species of organisms alive, there will be huge consequences to the habitat and animal food change that may affect human beings in the long run.
Water conservation is a technique that can help the environment in many ways. By saving water, not only do you save money and energy, but you also help divert less water from rivers, estuaries, and reservoirs. The more water we use, the more carbon emissions are released into our environment, which contributes to greenhouse gases leading to climate change. Thus, lowering the impact towards global warming that may harm the habitat and homes of different species as well as ours.
Contribute to Earth Day by saving water
By being conscious of water consumption and saving water on Earth Day, and in our daily lives, we are lowering our carbon footprint and helping the environment rejuvenate by taking less of its’ natural resources.
Water conservation has been a long problem not only for developing countries but also highly developed ones such as the United States. And as a global citizen, we should save water not just for our own good, but also the good of the future generations to come.
Here are some surprising figures of how much water we use daily:
- One shower – approximately 20 – 40 gallons of water
- One load of clothes in the washing machine – an average of 25 gallons of water
- Preparing food and washing dishes – roughly 20 gallons of water
- Hand washing, shaving and teeth brushing – around 15 gallons per day
This is not counting the water we use to water our lawns and flower beds, as well as swimming pools and car washing. Therefore, it is crucial that we are aware of how much water we use daily, and in which parts of our lives where we can start conserving water.
For more information on how you can help contribute to Earth Day, check out their website at https://www.earthday.org