California’s severe drought is caused by many factors, particularly its citizens’ excessive water use, which amounts to approximately 140 gallons of water per capita per day, not including the water hidden in the consumables and goods citizens purchase (NPR, 2015).* It is in light of this disaster that the MxCC Student Environmental Association for Sustainability (SEAS), is asking members of the community to join us in a pledge to become more water conscious and create habits that help to preserve our water resources. This pledge consists of three easy steps:
|1.||Calculate your water footprint using one of the following sources (recommended by USGS) below:|
- Water Use Calculator: http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/thepowerof10/
- WEcalc Calculator: http://wecalc.org/calc/#
- CSG Network Calculator: http://www.csgnetwork.com/waterusagecalc.html
|2.||Practice at least one of the water-conservation action steps below for (at least) one month.|
- Reduce consumption of fruit and nuts grown in California http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/wheres-californias-water-going
- Eat seasonally and locally grown foods (http://www.buyctgrown.com/)
- Run the dishwasher and laundry only with full loads
- Take shorter showers instead of tub baths
- Do not run water while brushing your teeth
- Participate in “Meatless Monday,” to eat less meat overall (http://www.meatlessmonday.com/ )
- Water your lawn only during the coolest time of the day.
- Invest in a rain barrel
- Use a reusable water bottle rather than plastic water bottles.
|3.||Talk with two friends, co-workers, or family members about the pledge, and have them get involved.|