Since I’m spending about one sixth of 2011 in Auckland, I’ve decided to get to know New Zillund’s City of Sails a little better.
The Auckland region has three harbours and most Aucklanders live within 5km’s of the sea. Despite all this access to saltwater, some of Auckland’s drinking water comes from a river close to 40km’s away…
Water shortages are an issue in some parts of South Africa, but until today I’ve always thought of water and the way a country or a city deals with their water supply as something that’s localised.
I realised today just how ignorant I’ve been about the global issue of water use. Luckily I had the honour of seeing, or rather experiencing, AQUA live today (Stop humming ‘I’m a Barbie girl’ – not referring to the Swedish pop group from the late nineties…).
It’s an inspirational and touching experience that focuses on the power and significance water has for everyone and everything on earth. It doesn’t preach, but it does bring the message home in a very graphic and interactive way that we need to take stock of what we have and how we’re using it, before it’s gone.
And man, do we use it! …But before I yap on about this for the next 5000 words and since you can’t experience this in SA (yet, I asked them to bring it!) this video brings home the staggering reality of the impact you have on the world, every day:
ONE DROP is a worldwide NGO that deserves about 2mins of your time, if only to give your careful consideration to some very powerful imagery.
Besides, I think you owe it to yourself to be aware of how tiny changes in your daily routine can actually make a massive difference.
Here are some simple ways to save water and fascinating facts on the impact you can make: