Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day and the focus this year is water. While this might seem to be unrelated to organizing, it does have a lot to do with over consumption. In my speaking and writing I urge people to think about the resources they consume.

The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day; more than 15 times the average person in the developing world. Bathing, washing dishes, clothes and cars, watering lawns and drinking all use a lot of water. The average five-minute shower, for example will use about 10 gallons of water.

The things you buy use water in their production, too. It takes 6 gallons of water to produce one hamburger, 400 gallons of water to produce a cotton t-shirt and 1800 gallons for a pair of jeans.

People in the US drink an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year. Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, 86 percent of which will never be recycled.

The average person uses 125 gallons of water each day. You can find out how much water you use, with the calculator at

There may be plenty of water on Earth to, but it doesn’t always get to the people who need it. Think about how much water it takes to make the things you spend your money on. How can you change your shopping and consuming habits to save water? Click on Post a Comment, below, and tell us.

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