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WATER

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC IN OUR OCEANS

Single-use plastic is choking our oceans. It's thought that the equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters the ocean every single minute harming marine life like seabirds, turtles, fish and whales. We can make it stop by getting corporate offenders (and ourselves) to change their/our habits.

Here's how you can help:

--Don't use plastic straws. Use paper straws in soda's, etc. Urge fast-food restaurants to use paper straws as well.

--When you buy six-packs and they come in plastic rings, cut the rings up before you throw them away. Sea life gets their heads stuck in those rings. Of course, it's better not to purchase pop/soda/beer at all if it's sold with plastic rings.

--If you eat yogurt, crush the cups before you throw them away. Again, sea life can get their heads stuck in those cups. It's certain death for the animal if this happens.

--Plastic sandwich bags need to be cut up as well (or torn).

There are many more suggestions, but these four are enough for now. Thank you for taking action and please spread the word to your networks.

 

OUR THIRSTY PLANET

Just some facts about water on our thirsty planet:

--In a decade, the world may need twice as much water as it has access to.

--750,000 gallons a year per person. The U.S. has one of the highest per-capita water footprints in the world. As elsewhere, food is the biggest water-user in the U.S. Grain, cotton, sugar, and nuts are among the thirstiest crops.

--Energy is the top user of water, after agriculture. So conserving electricity is a two-for-one: It also conserves water.

--Cotton and wool are very thirsty fabrics.

--A burger takes 600 gallons of water. That's 15 times more than a soy burger. The nonprofit "Meatless Monday"--which is exactly what it sounds like--champions weekly vegetarianism in 44 countries worldwide. GO MEATLESS (SOMETIMES).

--Save up to four gallons of water every time you brush your teeth by turning off your tap while you brush. You can save 3,000 gallons a year.

--To learn more, visit http://www.eartheos.com/savewater

NO OIL DRILLING IN OUR OCEANS

President Trump is planning to open protected areas of our oceans to oil drilling. We can help stop this by contacting the Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke. They are seeking public input at this time.

If Trump is allowed to do this, it is clear that our marine life and coastal communities will be at risk. He is trying to roll back decades of environmental progress just to benefit big oil. We must take action NOW!

Please contact Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Department of the Interior:

Sec. Ryan Zinke
Dept. of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

Phone: 202-208-3100

E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov

 

CONGRESS: NO TO WATER PRIVATIZATION

President Trump wants to privatize our water. As we have seen from past experience, this is NOT a good idea. When water is privatized, corporations run our public water systems for profit. Prices skyrocket for the most basic of necessities and cost-cutting can damage our water systems. We saw this in Flint, Michigan. Cost-cutting also leads to health hazards and labor abuses.

Currently, however, we hve a chance to work against privatizing our water. Rep. John Conyers from Detroit has introduced the Water Act (HR 1673), which would create a sustained source of funding for our public water systems by closing corporate tax loopholes. Rep. Conyers bill now has 40 co-sponsors in Congress. But we can't stop working for it's success.

Please urge your members of Congress to reject privatization and support the Water Act now.

Thanks for getting involved.

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--Question: Approximately how long does it take for a plastic water bottle to decompose?

Answer: According to the EPA, a plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose. Differenct kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is 450 years. By one estimate, approximately 50 billion bottles of water are consumed per year in the United States and around 200 billion bottles globally.

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--The majority of tap water contains plastic pollutants, according to an Orb Media study, which found synthetic fibers in 83% of 159 drinking-water samples from around the world. Scientists are unsure of the health implications.

--Find out about water in your area: http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/index.cfm

--Visit http://water.org