Water! Every living thing needs it. So here’s this summer’s challenge for you, Water Your Imagination and find ways you can help protect our water systems. We can Turn the Tide on Trash !
Let’s start with the world's oceans:
- Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
- Helps feed us
- Regulates our climate
- Cleans the water we drink
- Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
- Provides limitless inspiration!
Now let’s give back!Change perspective - encourage friends and family to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
Learn - discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
Change our ways - we are all connected to the ocean! By taking care of your backyard, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small changes to your everyday habits will greatly benefit our blue planet.
Celebrate - whether you live inland or on the coast we are all connected to the ocean; take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our world ocean.
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
Grab some friends and join SURFRIDER FOUNDATION for Summer Clean-ups at Ocean Beach:
Surfrider Foundations has bi-monthly clean-ups. This summer’s dates are
June 6, June 20, July 11, July 18, Aug 1 and August 15.
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MORE THINGS YOU CAN DO!
SundayStart the week off fresh by filling a pitcher with tap water and storing it in your fridge. You'll have a cool, refreshing beverage at your fingertips and you'll save water by not waiting for the tap to run cold each time you and your family members are thirsty.
MondayClose the Hose! Water outside only when necessary. If you know Mother Nature plans to water the garden, you won't have to. It is also a good idea to water early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid evaporation during the warmest part of the day.
TuesdayDon't let the faucet run. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You'll save about 100 gallons of water per month once this habit becomes second nature. Does anyone else in your family leave the faucet on when they brush their teeth, shave, etc.?
WednesdayThere is no such thing as a little drip. A leaky faucet with a drip of just 1/16 of an inch in diameter (about this big -o-) can waste 10 gallons of water every day! Stop that drip by replacing worn washers and valve seals with help from your parents.
ThursdayTake a shorter shower today. Set a timer for five minutes and get out when it rings. It is also a good idea to install a low-flow shower head. Water savings can really add up when you control the flow--you could save about 450 gallons each month!
FridayCheck all the plumbing in your home. Proper maintenance is one of the most effective water savers. Faucet washers are inexpensive and take only a few minutes and a wrench to replace. Check all water taps, hoses and hose connections for leaks.
SaturdayBe aware of how you use water today by keeping a journal. Write down each time you turn on the tap, how long it was on, and what you used that water for. Keeping track of the water you used will make you more aware and teach you to make every drop count.
Source: Adapted from "Be Water Wise: 7 Ways in 7 Days" by the American Water Works Association
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