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Blog Action Day- frustrated letter to a friend in a time of need

Since its inception in 2007, has participated in Blog Action Day, an annual event that “unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day” in an effort to heighten awareness on global issues. This year, the topic is water:

We asked people to submit creative pieces describing what it would be like if they woke up tomorrow and all of the drinking water in America was toxic? You think you have time to conserve and that a Brita filter will fix everything, but given that 40% of American waterways are already too polluted to fish or even swim, do you really have time? Our world is so arrogant with water use that we don’t even bat an eye that it takes 400 gallons of water to produce a single cotton shirt. How can we justify this to our grandchildren when there is no more safe drinking water in our midst?

Below is Christine Clark of Pyramid Brokerage’s creative entry. We invite you to add your thoughts to the comments as to how YOU would react if you woke up to toxic water nation wide?

A letter to my friend:

I am so bummed about this toxic water thing! What really ticks me off is that, once again, the little people are screwed by those massive polluters out there. Like, how were we supposed to know what they were up to/what a big problem it was? And what could we have done about it anyway? Okay, so I didn’t need to use Chem-Lawn, but that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what the “big guys” were doing. Hopefully someone comes up with some fixes for this REAL SOON. You know someone is going to come up with some kind of purifier and make a killing (hope it’s not too expensive….).

BTW – have you heard anything about whether you can take a shower with this stuff? I’ve been boiling everything for cooking (tried some “bleached water”, too – yuk for drinking/cooking but good for laundry!) but boiled water sponge baths are getting annoying and may hair looks like you know what. The people next door are working on one of those outdoor shower set ups that uses rainwater (boy, I hope we don’t end up with acid rain or something like that on top of all this!!) – probably end up doing something like that here but try to figure out a way to have it inside. I mean, what are they going to do in the winter…brrrr! (Don’t need purified water for heat…or electricity, do we??)

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Have to say, I’m lucky no one is sick here right now. I was reading about the massive problems at the hospitals. Like they didn’t have enough problems with regular germs… Besides all the sick people coming in from drinking this, they can’t keep things clean! That story about the newborns whose formula was mixed with bad water was so sad. Getting a little nervous now – wondering if medicines, operations, etc… need water – will have to Google that…

I did read that the price of certain things is definitely going to go up – or that there may be huge shortages. Turns out most everything is manufactured using water – toys, electronics, clothes… And food! No one is sure if you can use this “water” on farm crops and they could end up destroying tons of animals because they can’t keep up with the water they need (a world without beef…). Even if they can use it – purified or not – who knows how it will turn out? Like, I wonder if my Coke is going to taste the same?

Speaking of sugary drinks, my 8 year old keeps asking why he can’t get his juice boxes anymore (needs water! – not to mention that liquid anything is GONE from the store shelves right now…). Then my 17 year old starts with the “irresponsibility of the older generation” speech. I was like that, too, at her age – but you know, life just gets in the way of all that “youthful activism” and you just figure someone else will take care of it. Have to admit, I feel kind of guilty, but it’s not like one person could have made a difference (wait a minute…isn’t that what I tell them – that one person can make a difference…meh…)

Oh well…on to another day of boiling and toiling! Hey – at least I have a stove! Think of all those people who have to build fires! Let me know if you find out anything about the showering when you get a chance.


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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.


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