Happy New Year! We hope you’ll sign on to our NWNL team resolutions for 2018 to conserve water, keep our water clean, and be more eco-friendly!
1) Use less water! Cut shower times in half. Turn off faucets while brushing teeth. Use slightly dirty water for office plants. Run dishwasher when completely full. Use washing machine only if a full load – or customized to smaller loads.
2) Stop slipping toxins down the drain! Think about the effects. Stop bad habits. No cleaning products, cosmetics or medications down the drain. (Take to pharmacy recycling). Check cars for oil leaks. No littering (especially those pesky, non-biodegradable cigarette butts). Avoid pesticides and fertilizers (Compost instead.)
3) Minimize plastics! Use a reusable water bottle. Get one with water filter attached. Make 2018 the year you ditch disposable plastic water bottles.
4) Keep our water resources clean! Join – or organize – a community clean ups at a park, river, pond or highway. Help monitor water quality of local rivers and ponds.
5) Spend more time by rivers, ponds and lakes! Kayak or canoe – or learn how. Swim, fish or camp by the water. Photograph, paint or draw local waterscapes.
6) Use our voices! Advocate for environmental and water-friendly policies in whatever way is comfortable (i.e., vote, write to the politicians, join a march, or talk to friends and family about why this matters).
7) Create less waste! Use reusable sandwich bags, sustainable or reusable food wrap, and glass food-storage containers. Recycle as much as possible.
No Water No Life Water Resolutions
In 2018 No Water No Life is committed to seek win-win solutions that balance people’s needs with species and ecosystems’ needs – both in the short term and the long term. We’ll keep sharing thoughts on such solutions from our “Voices of the River” interviews of watershed scientists and stewards .
We will rely on images of beautiful watersheds to refresh our commitment to the critical values of water. To “recharge our batteries,” we’ll change the photographs hanging in our office, as we continue the work we’ve been doing for over a decade.
All photos © Alison M. Jones.