Did you know that the Great Lakes contain more than 20 percent of the world’s fresh water? Something to contemplate as we sunbathe on a Lake Michigan beach or bike along Lake Shore Drive! As World Water Week draws to a close, we’ve collected some links that challenge us to think more about our everyday use of water:
One: Take the Debra Shore Water Challenge
In honor of World Water Week, EcoMyths Alliance partner Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Commissioner Debra Shore (@DebraShore) has challenged Chicagoans to look closely at our water use in everyday life. Through her Twitter feed, she challenges us to:
- Ask yourself: What can you do this week to use less H2O?
- Write your own Citizen’s Oath. Pledge to native landscape and lake. Conserve water & energy, restore body & spirit.
To learn more, you can subscribe to Debra’s email list to be included on future challenges and to receive ongoing information on conservation topics.
Two: Make Sure Your Home Is Water-Friendly
Three: Find Out if Your Alley Is Playing a Role in Water Conservation
This week during World Water Week, Chicago’s green alleys were featured in a presentation on water-friendly Cities of the Future (this link will open a PDF – go to page 17). Proving there are ways to be water-friendly in the most unexpected places.
Four: Answer This: Is the Chicago River Toilet Water?
Closing thought from World Water Week: “Nothing grows without water.” And that’s no myth!
– Margy Sweeney, Director of Partner and Public Engagement, EcoMyths Alliance