Everyone has a chance to help preserve our precious water
Editor: Each of us in our own way has the opportunity to ensure the future of the planet and our grandchildren.
For instance, some will recognize the importance of water while most will not give it a second thought. Lately, The Guardian has published a number of concerns, news stories and ideas regarding water conservation.
Of most recent note, ‘Capital city students plant trees to protect Charlottetown’s future water resource’ and ‘Capital launches showerhead exchange program.’
Saving significant amounts of water can be a long-term project. These two efforts above require a lot of participants and I applaud the efforts of all those involved and those who will become involved, albeit forced.
On the other end of the scale, let me tell you a story of the kind of difference three people can make in saving water. Ten years ago, because of sickness in our family, we made a decision to change to a vegan diet. Because of that change we do not eat animal products (meat or dairy).
Through my readings I have discovered, among many things, that “one pound of red meat requires a minimum of 2,500 gallons of water to produce” (Diet for a new America — John Robbins).
Previous to this change of food regimen we consumed about three pounds of meat per week. Based on this information, and over the last 10 years, I can say that we have not eaten about 1,500 pounds of meat. As a result, we have saved approximately 3,750,000 gallons of water.
In order to make this resonate with the reader, this saving could fill an above ground, backyard pool 15 feet by four feet high about 845 times! If you were to use a regular garden hose it would take about seven and a half hours to fill the pool once.
To fill it 845 times would require running your garden hose 24-7 for about 260 straight days.
If you care to make a significant impact on the environment, imitate this example.
David C. Campbell,