Friday, July 09, 2010

Down the Drain, get the report

We have so much fresh water in our region why should we conserve water? Here’s the reasoning by "Down The Drain": “The perfect abundance however, is only a mirage. While the Great Lakes hold a great wealth of water, only one per cent of their total volume is replenished on an annual basis. This means that only a very small volume of the total amount of water in the Great Lakes is returned by rain and runoff annually and if our consumption exceeds that amount, it results in a permanent loss of the lakes themselves.”

This report is an example of how we don’t see environmental problems readily. We need studies like “Down the Drain” and environmental investigative reporting to ‘see’ what is actually going on.

It isn’t immediately obvious that our area, with over 20% of the world’s fresh water, might be in trouble. When it comes to environmental matters, we must begin viewing our situation from another vantage point, from that of sustainability, and from a longer time span of our own daily lives to get a more realistic assessment of our environment. If not, we are like the boiling frog story where frogs unaware of gradual changes think everything is going well, until it’s not.

Down The Drain Report "Water Conservation in the Great Lakes Basin - 2010 - Water is essential to life on earth, so much so that we often take it for granted. Throughout the day, from the time you shower in the morning until you brush your teeth before you go to bed, you are using water. Most Canadians use water like we breathe air; not thinking about it, just doing it. Many Canadians have developed this type of thinking because we benefit from one of the earth’s greatest gift, the Great Lakes. The vast majority of the residents of the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec and significant populations in the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin depend on the water of the Great Lakes for drinking, irrigating crops, generating power, transporting goods and recreation. Ontarians are the largest water users of the Great Lakes "

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