I get upset when I see people buying water when a lot of cities have perfectly good drinking water. Carl Duivenvoorden, a friend of mine, sends me his newsletter and this month when I saw his subject matter I wrote him and asked permission to post it in this blog. Thank you Carl. I hope you enjoy it !
Bottled water? Just say no.
Oops… during a presentation to a high school audience last week, I let it slip that one of my greatest environmental frustrations is bottled water.
Why bottled water? Because:
  • Most bottled water is not natural spring water, but merely filtered tap water.
  • Most bottled water is not local; it’s trucked long distances and has a huge transportation footprint.
  • The Maritimes have plenty of clean, clear water; surely it’s the last thing we should be sending our money out-of-province for!
  • Most empty water bottles are not recycled; instead, they end up in landfills, roadsides or waterways. A recent study warned that the world’s oceans may contain more plastic than fish by 2050. Yuck!
  • The water bottles that are recycled don’t come back as bottles; they’re ‘downcycled’ into products like carpet, which eventually end up in a landfill anyway.

You can make a difference, with one simple choice: carry your own refillable bottle or seek out a tap or fountain, and, whenever possible, just say no to bottled water. You’ll be saving money and doing a good thing for the environment at the same time!

In the news
Google’s Earth Day doodle sends an urgent message about climate change action, and offers tips for saving energy and preserving our environment.
Give us three days; we’ll give you the tools to change the world: applications are now being accepted for Al Gore’s next Climate Reality training session, June 27-29 in Bellevue, Washington.

Canadians are lucky to have health care and education provided to them – butshouldn’t we also be entitled to something even more fundamental to our wellbeing, a clean and safe environment?

“The United States will continue its efforts to improve our understanding of climate change – to seek hard data, accrue models, and new ways to improve the science – and determine how best to meet these tremendous challenges.”
– President George HW Bush, February 5, 1990
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