Friday, October 15, 2010

Blog Action Day 2010


I'm doing Open Studios tonight so there isn't time to do justice to the show at the Legion on the influence of Japanese prints on Western art. All I can say is that it's a fantastic show and if you are an artist or interested in art, you will set your karma back several lifetimes if you don't go see it. I will be doing a much longer post later because it's a fascinating show, beautifully presented and artistically and historically important.(Image from the show/courtesy of the Legion)

Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism: October 16, 2010 - January 9, 2011: http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/

Today is Blog Action Day, an event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about one important issue with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year, Chez NamasteNancy is joining with over 4500 blogs in 133 countries that have pledged to publish posts on the subject of clean water.

http://blogactionday.change.org/

Conservation Starts at Home: The average person uses 465 liters of water per day. Find out how much you use. http://www.h2oconserve.org/?page_id=503

Food Footprint: It takes 24 liters of water to produce one hamburger. That means it would take over 19.9 billion liters of water to make just one hamburger for every person in Europe.

Bottled Water Footprint: The US, Mexico and China lead the world in bottled water consumption, with people in the US drinking an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year. Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, 86 percent of which will never be recycled. 

Fashion Footprint: That cotton t-shirt you’re wearing took 1,514 liters of water to produce, and your jeans required an extra 6,813 liters.

Waste Overflow: Every day, 2 million tons of human waste are disposed of in water sources. This not only negatively impacts the environment but also harms the health of surrounding communities.

http://www.unwater.org/statistics_pollu.html

Polluted Oceans: Death and disease caused by polluted coastal waters costs the global economy $12.8 billion a year.

We’re not powerless—there are things we can do right at home to ease the world’s water crisis. We’re all wasting water in our homes and yards–the bathroom and toilet use nearly 40% of all water in the home. You can save many gallons of water every day by easy actions like putting a half-gallon bottle in your toilet tank to cut down on the water needed to flush.  Here are some helpful sites:

Tips for saving water inside your home: http://www.lcra.org/water/save/tips.html
100 Ways To Conserve | Water: http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/index.php

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