When we look around us, it can be difficult to remember just how connected, resilient, and important the environment around us is. It can be even more difficult to understand how our own presence impacts these intricately connected and dependent systems.
Water is at the center of our lives. It is what over 50% of our bodies are made of, it is what covers more than two thirds of our earth, and it is vital to our health and survival. These bodies of water connect each of us, there is no act in a vacuum. This month, let’s take the time to care for and celebrate the water systems around us.
Nearly everything that we do has an impact upon how clean or how unhealthy our water is. The quality of our water is a direct reflection of how we choose to live as a society. For many of us, we now have the opportunity to make better and more informed choices. This month, let’s take the challenge of treating our water and in turn, ourselves better.
What can we do, right now?
Understand the water around us. For those of us near the Thames, take a look at our water report today.
Getting more information. There is so much out there now about what is good and what is bad for our environment that it can seem overwhelming. These water documentaries can be a good place to start.
Looking in our gardens. Mulching or composting our garden waste and not using pesticides or chemicals in our garden are great ways to reduce harmful runoff into our local streams, rivers, and lakes.
Making changes in our homes. Understanding that whatever we put down a drain goes to our bodies of water is important. Chemicals not found in nature can be incredibly harmful, from cleaning agents, paints, shampoo, soaps, dishwashing liquid, etc. All of these everyday items are harmful to our water, so let’s try using some alternatives this month!
Understanding our transportation. The fuel in our cars and trains often ends up on the hard surfaces that cover much of our cities and towns, which gets brought into the lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans around us. By using alternative and cleaner methods of transportation, we are helping protect our water.
Water is essential to our health in nearly every aspect, both directly and indirectly. It is important we start understanding the impacts of our decisions more thoroughly and making healthier decisions. We can start now, with small or large steps. Every decision matters.
Share your thoughts, experiences, or ideas on how to clean up, protect, and celebrate our water in the comments below!
We can’t wait to share with you.