Just got the email invite from change.org about this year’s Blog Action Day topic. This year, it’s water. I have to say, I like this year’s topic. Every time I turn on the tap I think about how ridiculously simple and easy this is for so many of us. So easy to get, so easy to drink, so easy to waste. And so NOT easy for so many throughout the world.
I’m not sure yet what I’m going to write about. Yes, water is an important topic, and we often think first about those in undeveloped countries who do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. And I don’t want to say that this is not important, but there are many other important aspects of water; some that touch our lives every day and many that don’t.
One aspect I’ve written about several times on this blog includes my disdain for bottled water. There’s even an interesting info-graphic I posted here. But I also think often about how, where I live, the preservation of wild waterways is important for our local ecosystem. And how that is perceived as a threat by those downstream of us who count on, nay, have rights to the water that flows through the Jackson Hole valley. Is this as important as children dying of dysentery? I don’t know, but it has implications that span from clean local drinking water to agricultural food production to the viability of Northwest salmon runs. Each of these being important in their own right, and perhaps more approachable and identifiable than something occurring in Africa.
Like I said, I haven’t figured out what I’m going to write about, but Blog Action Day is October 15. If you have ideas, please post them in the comments below. And thanks for reading!