Global Water Cleveland?!

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So I’ve been an intern at City Hall in downtown Cleveland for roughly over six months now, and daily I’m constantly meeting and having insightful conversations about diverse topics such as race relations within our communities to the city hosting a variety of tourist-driven events to boost economic growth. Well, just a few days ago, as I was a part of an interesting conversation with a few social activist and we discussed the possibility of our beloved City of Cleveland [hopefully] becoming a viable resource for the international impact for sustainability of freshwater while contributing to the economic development of Northeast Ohio. Great idea, isn’t it!

In my recent research, I found that many people in Cleveland have been asking for years “what’s the city going to do with Lake Erie”, and I think the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission (CPC) has come up with a plan to answer that question. What I also learned is that the mission of the CPC is to “inform and provide services in support of the short and long-term comprehensive planning, quality of life, environment, and economic development of Cuyahoga County and its cities, villages and townships.” Currently, the need for land and water accessibility is essential in developing an increased quality of life in Cuyahoga County. Furthermore, the need of the county to be held accountable for its actions and to respond pro-actively to rapidly evolving economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that are constantly occurring [locally & globally].

As my lunch break ended, I couldn’t help but acknowledge the fact that I, the intern [with an office in the basement], am too on the brink of excitement when it comes to social ingenuity coming to Cleveland, Ohio. I just hope this concept turns into reality as all these new medical facilities and  other major corporations anchor here, as we are uniquely positioned to do more with water conservation than ever imagined!

Celebrity Activism at its finest: Part II

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Matt Damon a& Water.org is continuing  its mission! So I’m sure you all know now about the water crisis. Here’s another installment from one of Hollywood’s most famous actors speaking openly and honestly about this global crisis concerning water.

Here’s another video I came across while researching about water crisis advocacy, including a new revolutionary idea to help solve the world water crisis, “water credit”, which is the first program of its time to actually micro-finance tools by connecting financial institutions to communities in developing countries in need of clean water, by the means of small loans which are then made to individuals and households to be repaid + redistributed amongst others in the area.

This is something YOU want to SUPPORT!

To learn more about the crisis, and what you can do to help, please visit, http://water.org for information.

 

 

Need for water conservation impacts businesses

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Need for water conservation impacts businesses

Drayton Valley – A small town located in the central Alberta, Canada area has issued a water restriction notice on Apr. 17, 2014 by the town itself, leading to the shut down of some local businesses, emergency facilities like hospitals, healthcare services, and fire + police departments; meanwhile the residents in the community were told to monitor the amount of water they used. The battle for what is deemed as “essential service usage” and “non-essential service usage” is open for debate as more and more business owners are becoming more vocal about how this temporary inconvenience is harming their business economically. On the brighter side of things, there is supposed to be a new water treatment plant (for smarter water conservation) under construction, which is scheduled to be up, and working in the summer of 2015. It’s until then that the town officials urge the public to be patient and remain cooperative as they make attempts to correct this potable water disruption.

 

 

Food for thought…

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“There are places where TB is common as TV
Cause foreign-based companies go and get greedy.
The type of cats who pollute the whole shore line;
Have it purified, sell it for a dollar twenty-five.
Now the world is drinkin’ it!
Your moms, wife, and baby girl is drinkin it!
Up north and down south is drinkin it!
You should just have to go to your sink for it;
The cash registers is goin “cha-chink!” for it
Fluorocarbons and monoxide
Got the fish lookin cockeyed.
Used to be free now it cost you a fee
Cause it’s all about gettin that cash (Money)”

– Yasiin Bey [formally known as Mos Def] “New World Water” (1999)

Even though this song was released over 15 years ago, the message remains the same. Having been a fan of this artist since an adolescent, I assure you that these are some of the most potent socially-conscious lyrics you’ll ever hear. The metaphorical messages are rich and thought-provoking regardless of your socioeconomic backgound. Posted above is a link to a user created picture/lyric visual to Mos Def’s song “New World Water”. I suggest you take a listen and enjoy! #NewWorldWater