World Water Day: Social Media Tour*

Posted on March 22, 2012

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March 22nd marks the United Nations’-sponsored World Water Day: a day for us to gauge how we can minimize our water footprint to maximize resources for all. The global theme for 2012 is: “Water security is food security – the world is thirsty because we are hungry.”

Here’s a whirlwind social media tour for the best resources to educate, facilitate and accelerate all of us to make a difference in our daily use of water. The 2-minute video is the perfect place to start and make water everybody’s business to improve the standard of living across the world . (FYI, since most of the references are made with the metric system, it takes about 4 liters to make 1 gallon.)

  • YouTube: an English video with Chinese subtitles;
  • Twitter: Follow Tweets or tweet;
  • Facebook:Register or Like
  • Flickr: Access campaign materials. Click here for additional resources.

Water Day bar codeSo the next time we decide what we eat, it may be good to know that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that our water footprint is:

  • 36 gallons of water to produce one egg;
  • 68 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of fruit or vegetables;
  • 55 gallons of water to produce one glass of milk;
  • 3,400 gallons of water to produce one half pound of beef;
  • 132 gallons of water to eat a standard breakfast of one egg, a glass of milk, 4 ounces of fruit and 2 slices of bread with butter – that’s enough water to take a five-minute shower each day for one month.

Although each of us drinks about one half gallon of water per day, it takes far more water to sustain our way of life. Since water is the essence of life on earth, what are some of the ways we can conserve to minimize our water footprint on a daily basis? Learn more at UNWater.org.

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* Article first published as “World Water Day: Social Media Tour” on Technorati.

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