Will Your Cell Phone Save You From Dehydration?
It is estimated that “more people have a mobile phone than a toilet or access to potable water,” according to Water.org. Let me repeat that. More people have access to cell phones than potable water. Will your cell phone save you from dehydration? Do cell phones produce oxygen and food? When thinking back to the crucial four elements of survival, I can not recall cell phones or Internet access being on the short list.
Just last week, Governor Jerry Brown issued the first-ever mandatory water restrictions for California for cities and towns. The mandatory restrictions require that Californians reduce their water usage by 25% daily to support recovery efforts against the four-year historic drought. While I can safely say that I’m sure most people know that California and most of the west coast is currently experiencing a historic drought, I can also safely say that most people may not know the details and critical facts of just how the drought will effect our economy.
The simple changes that we can all make require minimal effort and no cost. Think about it. If there are more cell phones than people with potable water access, it is highly likely that a Facebooker “click here” to donate a gallon of water to someone internationally. Hell, I even saw on Facebook today a “click here” to tell this policeman to keep his hair dyed pink for a week. If we are willing to take the time to “click here” over issues that are trivial to our everyday life, why aren’t we equally willing to skip watering that rose bush in the front yard or washing the dust off of our Toyota Camry. We live in a society where appearance and material possessions seem to be taking over our values. Unfortunately, water will do nothing to boost your ego, but it is essential for keeping you alive in order to press that “click here” button on your Facebook feed.
It is time to wake up to an alarming crisis happening right here in our backyard, literally. According to the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy, California was “responsible for $46.7 billion in agriculture exports alone in 2013 with $2.2 billion and over 17,000 jobs lost in 2014.” These facts are devastating, but even concerning is the issue of life itself. We need water to grow plants. We need plants for energy, food and oxygen. Energy, food and oxygen are on that short crucial elements of survival list mentioned earlier. To put it simply, if you like eating, breathing and living, it is totally worth it to try out any one or multiple water saving tips below:
Install water-saving shower heads to your home shower.
Place a plastic water bottle filled with 1 inch of pebbles into the back of your toilet to save a gallon when flushing.
Rinse your razor in the sink instead of under running water.
Don’t wash your car.
Use an old fashioned broom and some elbow grease instead of the hose to wash pavement, driveways and gutters.
These changes many seem small and inconceivable in the big picture, but think about how much water California would conserve if every one of the 38 million residents made just one of these small changes tomorrow.
[Editor’s Note: This is an opinion piece and doesn’t necessarily reflect the viewpoints of Sensible Reason.]