How much water do you eat?

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How much water do you eat? (Week #10)

The Why:

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on December 22, 1992, declaring March 22 to be the World Day for Water each year.

“The year’s theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.”

Health • Nature • Urbanization • Industry • Energy • Food • Equality

This week we will explore the water footprint of what we eat in a typical day. “Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life” and water is one of the fundamental input factors to food production. We explored Food Citizenship and Sovereignty in February and now we will look at the water footprint for a typical day’s food consumption.

Did you know that an 0.5 liter Coca-Cola in a PET bottle produced in the Netherlands has a green water footprint of 15 liters, a blue water footprint of 1 liter and a grey water footprint of 12 liters. Your two steaks requires 15,000 liters of water while 1 pound of chicken only requires 468 gallons.


Find your water footprint for your average 3 meals you consume in a day and try to find 3 meals that reduce that footprint by 50%. If you are very ambitious, do it for the whole week’s meals!

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The HOW:

Calculate your water footprint here, if you have not already done so. Find out how much H2O is embedded in your everyday life here, and reduce by half!

You can download the virtual water app via itunes to manage your water consumption choices. See how it works here.

The Deep Dive:

How water links to all areas, 1 minute video from The World Water Council.

The World Water Development Report from 2014.

The Water Footprint Network where you can find all kinds of corporate, product, global, national and your own water footprint.

Find out how much H2O is embedded in everyday life here.

Calculate your water footprint here or here.

The installation of ice sculptures in Helsinki’s Senate Square to bring attention to global water issues here.

The Water Tank Art Project brings attention to the global water crisis.

Find out more about water scarcity and food security, climate change and water here.

3 Minute educational youtube water consumption vimeo here.

3 Minute video on the World Water Crisis here.

Attend the World Water Week in Stockholm in August.

Arizona Mural artist brings attention to water issues.

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