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Blog Action Day 2010 Tackles Water

It's that time of year again, when bloggers all over the world write about a single topic that maybe needs Fullscreen capture 10112010 81152 PM more attention, and this year it's a big one for gardeners – water. 

Here's a blurb from their website that got my attention:

The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world. From showering and washing our hands to watering our lawns and washing our cars, Americans use a lot of water. To put things into perspective, the average five-minute shower will use about 10 gallons of water. Now imagine using that same amount to bathe, wash your clothes, cook your meals and quench your thirst.

And imagine using lots more 10 gallons to, say, wash a car or keep a lawn green in August.

The big day is Friday, October 15, when over 3,000 (and counting) bloggers will post about water, then park their link back on the Blog Action Day website.  It may or may not make any difference but hey, it's worth a shot.  We just got word that the White House's bloggers will be participating.

I've come to believe that as gardeners, our number ONE environmental job is to manage rainwater responsibly and use water resources responsibly, too. 

So register your blog now, and get that water post written before Friday.  See ya then.

Posted by on October 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm, in the category Gardening on the Planet.
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2 Responses to “Blog Action Day 2010 Tackles Water”

  1. commonweeder says:

    I will certainly be posting on Blog Action Day. We all have a big responsibility to be thrifty with water. I’ve just finished reading Holy Shit! by Gene Lodgsen and if you want to know about the enormous volumes of water that is not only wasted, but turned into a health hazard read the chapters about livestock manure management and lagoons.

  2. I’m working on two posts: one for the Florida Native Plant Society (fnpsblog.org) where we start by illustrating some of our fantastic water resources (springs, rivers, corals, mangroves and everglades) and then moving on to the trouble in paradise.

    On my transplanted gardener site, I’ll cover the properties of water and how gardeners can make the best use of this information to garden more sustainably.

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