What do you Know & Can do: Blog Action Day 2010

Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year’s topic is about WATER. Why water?Because almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us who are subject to preventable disease and even death because of something that many of us take for granted.For this special post I would like to thank Maha Ghazale for helping me compile this information for the event, her much appreciated contribution was especially made towards the effect of lack of water on lives with related videos and names of charities we can support. Thank you Maha for your efforts!

People use lots of water for drinking, cooking and washing, but even more for producing things such as food, paper, cotton clothes, etc. The water footprint is an indicator of water use that looks at both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. The water footprint of an individual, community or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community or produced by the business.

Did you know?

. The average person uses about 100 gallons of water each day
• It takes: 25 gallons of water to make one ear of corn
• 1300 gallons of water for one hamburger
• 2607 gallons of water for one pound of beef
• 815 gallons of water for one pound of chicken
• 65 gallons of water for a gallon of milk
• 100 gallons of water for a watermelon
• 120 gallons of water for one egg

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