Proof Positivity: Water For Life

Imagine your child goes to school in Tanzania or Malawi.  Your child is thirsty so he/she takes a sip the water is contaminated.  The reality, in Africa 650 people die a day mostly small children due to poor water quality.  In 2001 nearly 10,000 had cholera during outbreaks.  There is no doubt more more needs to be done to make the water safe for human consumption.
UNICEF estimates that more than half of the schools in developing countries do not have safe water and also lack proper sanitation and hygiene education programs.  Africare, which works in partnership with the people of  Africa to build healthy, sustainable lifestyle, H2O For Life and Water which is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization run by teachers, parents, and students, and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group which provides the know-how, consistency and credibility essential to success over the long term have formed a partnership.

The partnership is intended to raise awareness of the water crisis and funds for the program through H2O for Life’s efforts in schools throughout the US and Canada.

“Educating children about the importance of safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene practices in both the developing and developed world is an investment in our collective future, a way to help make the world more connected, and helps each of us fulfill our purpose to improve lives,” said Greg Allgood, director of the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program.  “Innovative partnerships like this one with P&G, H2O for Life, Africare, and Wasrag help make each of us more effective than we are alone.  Given the fact that more children die from illness and disease related to unsafe drinking water than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined, the world needs our best efforts.”


Proof Positivity: Green Means A Lot More

Going green isn’t just about being Earth friendly; it’s about saving money as well and with gas prices as high as they are who wouldn’t want to save money?  Don’t believe me?  Let me put this into perspective for you.

I have a family of five.  If my family of five drank five bottles each of bottled water a day at approximately $1.20 per bottle that is about $30 a day, $210 a week, $840 a month, and $10,080 a year.  Common sense would tell you that tap water doesn’t even cost half of that.   If you build yourself you can add on an extra room to your home and maybe furnish it too for that cost.

I know the complaints, “But it tastes nasty!”  I agree tap water does taste nasty but so does bottled water since it came from a tap any way and causes all sorts of negative effects to the ecosystems they are draining water from.  That’s not the only negative thing about bottled water though.  It isn’t tested for safety.

According to Natural Resources Defense Council “The quality of some brands was spotty, however, and such products may pose a health risk, primarily for people with weakened immune systems (such as the frail elderly, some infants, transplant and cancer patients, or people with HIV/AIDS). About 22 percent of the brands we tested contained, in at least one sample, chemical contaminants at levels above strict state health limits. If consumed over a long period of time, some of these contaminants could cause cancer or other health problems.”

If you ever had real spring water right from a spring you would know bottled water with spring on the packaging doesn’t taste the same.  There is a sweet, cool taste to real spring water.  I do have a solution with better tasting water with fewer chemicals and before I plug this you need to understand I only promote products I believe in.  I am not getting paid for this and I am not getting any kind of compensation.

We own a Brita.  I fill it up, place it in the fridge and after it’s cold I put it in sports bottles.  My children and I have no bottled water plastic waste and it saved thousands of dollars.  I can go to sleep at night knowing that I did not encourage the sell of something you can collect in a rain barrel and we are not the cause of harming wild life.

The Brita I own is only one way to go green and save money.  Growing your own food is another.   There are fewer disease free bees than there used to be and bees are so important to growing more food.  It’s suspected that they are getting sick from chemicals placed on the vegetable and fruit crops.  If you have the money to buy organic then please do.  If you don’t have that kind of money, because it is expensive in comparison to the poison crops, why not grow your own food?  You don’t need a huge space just a container will do.  Every little bit counts and every little bit helps.

Another tip I have is to compost.  We have reduced the amount of our garbage by four bags a week.  Food, plants, clothes that would make the garbage, coffee that’s old and their grounds, guinea pig shavings, newspaper, egg shells, egg shell containers all go in the compost.  We save four bags a week that’s 16 a month and 192 a year.  Wow!  That is a huge savings and it all gets incorporated back into the Earth providing more nutrients.

Proof Positivity: My Thoughts Are With You

Last night produced horrible storms in eastern United States.  I just wanted to say my thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered the storms.   I know it seems like there’s nothing that can be done but and it’s hopeless  that simply isn’t true.

Oklahoma natives Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton will be holding a Tornado Relief concert on  May 26th.

American Red Cross offers support and shelter for those in need.

A tornado relief fund has been put into place.  All you need to do is go to your local bank and tell them you want to donate to Bridgeton Tornado Relief fund or bring it to the Bridgeton City Hall, 12355 Natural Bridge Road. Make checks payable to the “Bridgeton Tornado Relief Fund.

Moving company U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage and U-Box Portable Storage to all residents who have been affected by recent storms and tornadoes.

I think at this time it’s important to bring up safety.  Tornado season isn’t over yet and you are the only thing that can’t be replaced.  I will direct you to the United States Search and Rescue Task Force which has a lot of tips and information.