World Water Day


Happy “World Water Day”!!

Today (March 22) is World Water Day. Sharing a very interesting quote by Canadian environmentalist Paul Watson on water: “We buy a bottle of water in the city, where clean water comes out in its taps. You know, back in 1965, if someone said to the average person, ‘You know in thirty years you are going to buy water in plastic bottles and pay more for that water than gasoline’? Everybody would look at you like you’re completely out of your mind.”

The above quote basically illustrates one of the biggest environmental problems we’re facing in the world today – plastic pollution and contamination, especially in our freshwater resources  🙁

Apparently what we consider as “clean water” in a plastic bottle, is actually contaminated by millions of micro-plastic particles and other compounds that are harmful to us. Unless we stop using bottled water and relearn how to use reusable metal or glass bottles/jugs/pots for water, we’re irreversibly contaminating drinking water and harming our health.

Unless there are valid reasons to suspect water quality, always opt for filtered/RO water that doesn’t come in a plastic bottle. Carry your own metal bottle with water every time you go out so that you don’t need to repeatedly purchase plastic water bottles.

It’s really possible to reduce this kind of contamination and plastic waste with a little bit of awareness and care. For example, when I visited Kerala some years ago, I noticed that most hotels there avoided using plastic bottles and supplied water to rooms and in their restaurants only in reusable steel jugs 🙂

Every time I visit a restaurant, I refuse to opt for bottled water and most of them comply with filtered water in a jug. However, at times it’s distressing to find that some of them insist on plastic bottles. It’s time we start demanding better environmental practices from the establishments we patronize.

Do make sure that you have your plastic-free 8-10 glasses today 😉

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