During the school year we have been looking at the impact people have on the environment, more specifically, water. Pollution is a growing problem that requires more citizen involvement to combat it.
Pollution, by definition, means the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects. Imagine our drinking water being full of pollution causing harm to not only us but our environment. You may think that because you do not dump trash in our waters, you are not polluting it but that is far from reality.
Some pollutants in our water are soaps, so if you wash your car near a storm drain you are polluting our water. Other pollutants are fertilizers, trash, oil, industrial waste, pet waste and soil. In America, 40 percent of the rivers and 46 percent of the lakes are polluted and are considered unhealthy for swimming, fishing or aquatic life.
Only one percent of our world's water is drinkable so if we pollute we have no drinkable water! Also, if we waste water when doing everyday chores we are just wasting precious water.
Fifteen million children under the age of five die each year because of diseases caused by drinking water.
It’s time to take action.
By turning off the water while you shampoo and condition your hair, you can save about a gallon of water. Also, turn off water when brushing teeth to save a lot of water over time. With roughly one drip per second, a leaking faucet can waste around 3,000 gallons of water per year.
The average daily amount of water used by an American family household is about 50 gallons, and approximately four hundred billion gallons of water is used in the U.S. every day.
Your actions can make a difference to our waters and aquatic life. To learn more about how you can help preserve our water quality and conserve water, visit:
Riley Parker, Matthew Fox, Samantha Murphy, McCailla Millett
Over the many years I have enjoyed cooking, often times I have tried to improve on the recipe to make it a bit tastier.
Last night while trying to fall asleep I pondered on the thought: How would I formulate a recipe if I were to make an “American”? I reached for my pencil and paper that I usually have on the night stand, and gave my pen free reign.
Sift one cupful of patriotism with equal amount of tolerance. Stir in a heaping tablespoon of ambition, tempered with a proportionate amount of restraint.
Beat well, slowly adding the milk of human kindness in bountiful measure. Fold in a half- cup of brotherly love mixed with charity. Flavor to taste, with Christians, Jews, Muslims, or any desired extract. Pour mixture into a mold and let it rise in the heat of competitive spirit. Bake at an even temperature. Frosting may be any desired color: red, white, brown or yellow.
Served in the Korean War