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!

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Tapped: The Effects of Bottled Water

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“Whiskey is for sipping, and Water is for fighting.” – Mark Twain

You are what you Drink!? I know that doesn’t make much sense to you now, but soon after you watch this short clip from the full-length documentary “Tapped” produced by Altas films, based on the rise of bottled water is made, and the effects it has on the environment as well as society.

Check it out!

Let’s Sustain [Water] Earth Together!

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Thanks to our friends over @iSustainEarth, we all can now teach our children simple, yet effective practices to promote going green to the next generation. At iSustainEarth[dot]com, they are teaching children about the importance of living a healthy + sustainable lifestyle with three going green tips for kids.

Who knew that something as easy as turning of the water while brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water per day! It safe to say that these going green tips are easy for grown-ups can to teach children and help them adopt a better set of core values for future living!

ENJOY!

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.

 

 

SneakerHeads Unite for Clean Water!

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SneakerHeads Unite for Clean Water!

A very popular online website for new/vintage/popular sneakers (KicksOnFire[Dot]com) has joined the world cause for clean water by raising awareness via recent Twitter campaign starting today; and it doesn’t stop there! There is no minimum to enter the raffle and for every small gesture from you, can and will have a life changing impact for someone else. Enter today!

Please visit Donate.Kixify[Dot]com for more details.