I've been posting here lately.
Blogger is clunky, but I'm sure I'll return from time to time.
I've been posting here lately.
I had some photos and video from Halloween that seemed worth sharing so I threw this together Saturday morning. I dressed up as a refrigerator magnet and Hannah re-used her Fay-Wray King Kong costume from a couple years back. We were originally only headed out to her boss' party, but ended up moving on to a pretty cool loft party with Kristen and Steve and ended the night at Beauty Bar with Kid Color. Fun stuff. Enjoy the hokey iMovie theme too.
I recently had the good fortune of scoring tickets to see Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd, perform "The Wall." It was amazing. Really, I haven't seen a show like that in too long. It was huge and exciting and provocative and awesome. Shannon came along too.
Recently I was chiding a coworker about what I considered wasting water and he asked me "What difference does it make if I waste water in Chicago? We're next to one of largest fresh water sources in the world?" I didn't have an answer so I took it to Colin, a friend and sustainability consultant (I think that's his title) for a large architecture firm. Here's what he said.
I'll break it down for you as a 30th Birthday present:
1. Don't forget the Aral Sea!!
It used to be one of the 4th largest lakes in the world. In just 30 years it has decreased in size by 90% because of industrial and agricultural demand for fresh water. Lake Michigan water is used by numerous industries and agriculture. Once they use the water, it is sent down the Mississippi and into the Gulf... where it becomes unusable. Ever since the Chicago River was reversed 100 years ago, storm water and used potable water do not infiltrate back into Lake Michigan.
2. Water = Energy Use = Carbon Emissions
Nearly 4% of all electricity consumed in this country is for treating waste water. This does not include the amount of energy needed to pump fresh water into buildings and homes. See this information on the EPA website:
Also, the second page of this pdf is helpful:
3. They're coming for our water!!!!
The Great Lakes are 85% of the fresh water in the Americas and 25% of the fresh water in the world. The majority of the world does not have access to fresh water and now the US Southwest is losing access to fresh water. Multiple proposals have been drawn up to divert fresh water to the US Southwest and ship fresh water tankers to India and China. Luckily the Great Lakes Water Pact (signed by the US and Canada during Bush... I know) is currently protecting the Lakes. Once things get ugly and people run out of water in 20 years, that pact may not hold. More reason to conserve now and be an example.
4. Be an example
Touching on that last point, many people in this world DO NOT have fresh water. Just because we have it doesn't mean we should abuse it.
Not sure if you've taken the time to get angry today. This ought to take care of that for you. (10 min)
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|I Give Up - 9/11 Responders Bill|
Tom, Ryan, Alec, Anne Marie, Hannah and I headed out to Yorkville, IL, a couple months ago to spend the night at Anne Marie's family farm. She took some photos.
A video, edited by Hannah.