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March 18

World Water Week

Posted on March 18, 2012 @ 9:44pm

World Water Week is finally here! During this week, Fillanthropy will serve as an additional blog space for this important cause in order to extend sustainability and environmental awareness. 

I will post various links and videos to help spread the word regarding the ongoing global water crisis. 

To start off the week, I posted a very informative short video created by illustrated-ideas for the Water Day Film Festival. 

Support World Water Day and let your voice be heard.

March 16

Stretch your dollar

Posted on March 16, 2012 @ 8:41pm

Mar. 22, 2012 is a special day for Fillanthropy. It’s World Water Day. This day marks an important day for water sustainability efforts to further emphasize the increasing problem of water scarcity and pollution around the world.

While you make think this day is solely dedicated for environmental activists and people who are directly affected by the water crisis, there are simple ways you can do to help make a difference.

For example, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) initiated a water sustainability campaign called Tap Project. During World Water Week (Mar. 15 -25), patrons of participating restaurants can opt to donate $1 or more for their tap water that they usually receive for free. This monetary donation would be allocated to fund UNICEF’s efforts to provide access to clean water for millions of children around the world.

 After further research, I found several participating restaurants around the area including Hugo’s Restaurant in Agoura Hills, Zzyzx Cafe in Camarillo and Nico’s Café in Oak Park, Calif.

 In honor of World Water Day, you can dine in at any of these participating restaurants, donate $1 and help UNICEF provide clean water for kids around the world. Your $1 can provide access to safe water for 40 children across the globe.

Access to safe water is a basic human right and yet millions of people suffer each day due to water shortage. Now is the time to make a difference. Drink water… Give water…

March 9

Absolute Dominion, Absolutely Wrong!

Posted on March 9, 2012 @ 10:49pm

In my quest to expand my knowledge about the bottled water industry, I decided to watch the documentary film, Tapped. While I had a substantial idea of the negative impact of water privatization, I was extremely dismayed when I found out about this little rule called “Absolute Dominion”.  The Water System Council explained that under Absolute Dominion  “a landowner is allowed to intercept ground water that would otherwise have been available to a neigh- boring water user and even to monopolize the yield of an aquifer without incurring liability.” Basically, according to this rule, any person or entity with the largest water pump can secure the largest amount of water regardless of the environmental or social impact without any legal liability.  As a result, large bottled water manufacturers such as Nestle, Coke and Pepsi are continuously capitalizing on this flawed water rule which yields countless negative effects in the environment and within the local communities. This law allows corporations to exploit our natural resources without any regards for the dire consequences of their actions.

There are eight states that have adapted this rule including Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Rhode Island and Texas.  Local communities are struggling to fight these big corporations to stop them from depleting their water resources without any legal repercussions.  In addition to exhaustive water usage, these large corporations are selling bottled water (which should essentially be free) for large amount of profit. So the next time you reach for that bottled water, stop and think about the real impact you have on these companies’ ability to profit.

March 7

The ideal water bottle

Posted on March 7, 2012 @ 9:05pm

While I was diligently browsing through web pages of H2O information (in preparation for my next blog post), I stumbled upon an article from Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) that provided in-depth information about various types of water containers that are currently available in market.

With several water filling stations installed on campus, I think it’s only fitting to feature an expert advice report on “How to Choose a Water Bottle

While you may think purchasing one or two bottles of water a day does not have any substantial impact on the environment bear in mind that numerous studies and research have shown that less than half of the plastic bottles consumed every year gets recycled. This means that more than half of these bottles will end up in the landfills.

We can all make a difference: one reusable bottle at a time.

March 7

Rage against the bottle.

Posted on March 7, 2012 @ 9:01pm

After Grand Canyon decided to ban sales of bottled water at the national park, the battle against bottled water rages on. College campuses across the country including University of Vermont and Loyola Phoenix strive to ban bottle water sale on campus. Student activists and non-profit campaigns like Ban the Bottle are gaining strong momentum and awareness through student government and campus support.  In an article written by Rob Gilmore, Julia Poirier, chairperson of Loyola Phoenix Unified Student Government Association’s Justice Committee (USGA) stated, “the administration loves working with the students and they’ll do anything if they know we’re in support of it.”
Campaigns against bottled water not only promote campus sustainability but also help students come together to promote awareness and achieve a common goal.“It really just comes down to the students having another opportunity to share their voice,” said Poirer. “It’s really making them more interactive with USGA and more interactive as a whole campus-wide movement.”

Can CLU make an environmental difference?
We can make this happen. In 2007, a group of students under the guidance of Dr. Jean Sandlin launched Fillanthrophy, a sustainability program focused on utilizing reusable water container to counter the adverse effects of plastic bottles to our environment.

It's a tremendous undertaking but we can start now. Support campus sustainability through Fillanthrophy.

Re-fill with ease…one reusable bottle at a time.

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