This past weekend I was privileged to help man the Surfrider booth at a World Water Day event at the Jacksonville Zoo to help spread the word about conserving water and keeping our rivers and oceans clean and free of pollutants and plastics.
The event was great but to tell the truth, very few people in what was a crowded venue actually stopped by to talk and learn more about the problems associated with water.
It’s disconcerting to see how we take a resource that is so vital to our very existence so passively. Water is what makes up the majority of the earth but much of it isn’t fresh or clean and consumable. In addition, fresh water is a resource that is quickly being completed and if you ask any California resident, very precious indeed.
Yet despite all the above, we somehow choose to take this resource for granted. We put more and more grass on our yards that we water all to frequently, we keep building more golf courses that require tons of water and we continue to pollute our rivers, streams and aquifers with chemicals and other toxins. And we do this even though city water prices continue to rise.
There are a lot of things we as humans and animals can do without but water certainly isn’t one of them. It is the lifeblood of all living things. As such we should do everything within our power to help conserve and protect this precious resource.
We can do this in many ways, like washing our car less, watering out yards less, taking shorter showers, going with the theory of “if it’s yellow let it mellow and if it’s brown flush it down” (sorry about that one), planting native plants or plants best suited for area and reducing the grassy areas around our businesses and homes, to make sure that industry does not discharge improperly and to continue to monitor water quality in all areas of the country.
Bottom line, it’s up to each of us to do our part and if we do we will all be a lot better off because of it.
Thanks for checking in and I’ll look forward to hearing from you.