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Grand Rapids, Michigan is the next U.S. city to join the effort to “Take Back The Tap.” Following New York, San Francisco and Portland, the Midwestern city has pledged to stop using bottled water in city facilities or at its events.
Take Back The Tap is a two-pronged campaign. It convinces businesses to switch from bottled water to tap water and then further asks people to petition congress for a public trust fund that will finance water infrastructure.
Ever wonder how water makes it up to your top floor apartment? This is something that most of us don’t think twice about because we’re lucky enough to turn on the faucet and its just there. Well not only does it takes hundreds of energy sucking pumps to get us the water we need, but it is in fact one of the highest uses of energy in the United States. According to a 2005 California Energy Commission report (pdf), about 25 % of America’s electricity goes to moving and treating water!
Actress Mélanie Laurent of the film Inglourious Basterds is joining Greenpeace on a trip to Indonesia this week to see the incredible beauty of one of the most important and threatened tropical forests on the planet. The purpose is to publicly highlight the importance of protecting these amazing forests in the run up to critical UN climate talks this December in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Melanie will witness first hand the destruction and burning of the forests and the underlying carbon rich peat. She will meet local communities who are dependent on the forest for their survival. We may also be able to see endangered biodiversity, for example we may be able to visit a Sumatran elephant refuge or a rehabilitation centre where orangutans are being introduced back into the wild.
On Tuesday, October 13th, the students at Mott Hall Science and Technology Academywere up at 4:30 A.M. to show their support for clean drinking water. The students have committed to participate in the Dow Live Earth Run for Water on April 18th and were helping us tell the world about the event by appearing on CBS’s The Early Show. It was cold, but the kids from Mott Hall realized that there were kids like them all over the world who didn’t have water in their schools. In fact, half of the world’s schools lack access to clean drinking water and safe sanitation.
The global water crisis is affecting everyone all over the world in a major way. And it's about time it was brought to the mainstream attention of the world. Water seems like such an easy accessible, everyday resource – that people do not realize it is a luxury for millions around the world.
In the Mtwara region, one of the poorest in Tanzania, the health status of the people is below the national average and infant mortality is well above it. Only around 30% of the population has access to safe water and adequate sanitation.
Malaria is prevalent throughout the region, and many of diseases afflicting people are water related.
Global Water Challenge and African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) have partnered and are constructing rainwater harvesting systems in schools in the Mtwara region of Tanzania, Africa. This will help to implement clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene practices in this impoverished region of Tanzania.
We are so proud to be working with Akvo.org on the Dow Live Earth Run for Water! Live Earth's global network of water charity partners is working with Akvo to help donors and doers reach out to fund thousands of new water and sanitation projects. Click here to check out some of the global Run for Water project listings on Akvo. Explore the Akvopedia. Akvo's team came to New York for the Dow Live Earth Run for Water announcement this week and took some photos and videos chronicling the experience and we asked them to share...
If you're in the LA area, then stop by Environmentaland on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. If you’re not familiar, Environmentaland an amazing eco theme park situated smack in the middle of Hollywood.
And starting on October 12, the individual that earns the most points at Environmentaland each day will win 2 festival passes to one of the major festivals in the United States. So all you have to do is go visit Environmentaland and kick butt at the games and earn high schools at games like Recycled Paper Airplane Toss, Energy Playground, Organic Food Challenge, Environmentaland Exam, Recycling Bin Painting, Desert Mini Golf and you could win cool merchandise + 2 Day festival passes?!
Dow has just unveiled a new solar panel - a solar shingle. The Solar Shingle was designed by Dow Solar Solutions to be integrated into residential rooftops with the standard asphalt shingle materials. The shingle systems are expected to be available in limited quantities by mid-2010 and more widely available in 2011.
These innovative rooftop shingles will convert sunlight into electricity for residents much easier, and cheaper than previous solar panels. The shingles have a thin film on them, which cuts out the cost of installation dramatically because it can be installed by a roofer who is already building or fixing a roof. So not only are these cheaper than typical solar panels, you'll also save time and installation costs. And they're nearly invisible!
The launch of the Soyuz TMA-16 with Guy Laliberté, on board, will mark the beginning of the Poetic Social Mission, the world’s very first social and artistic mission to be carried out from space. Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, will fulfill the Mission during his 12-day stay aboard the International Space Station. The purpose: to raise everyone’s awareness of water-related issues by drawing inspiration from the ONE DROP Foundation’s dream, “Water for all, all for water.”
Seeking to help advance the movement in favor of water for all, Moving Stars and Earth for Water is part of the scheduled awareness activities. This one-of-a-kind global event, broadcast on the One Drop home page Friday October 9, will be a beautiful 2-hour artistic event.