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Earth day - help save the world

Updated on April 21, 2017
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Elsie has been interested in keeping the world green for many years so the future generations are healthy.

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Earth Day

Earth Day, is April 22, Stop, Look, and contemplate what you can do for the earth. Refect, gaze upon the earth and make thoughtful considerations, what you need to do to help the world.

This article is all about saving water, recycling water, and water pollution and take a look at the end of this post about the unmentionable World of Human Wastes and Why It Matters.

River Pollution

Overpopulation in cities has choked and polluted the rivers. ... discharge of untreated industrial

Earth day in New Zealand

Earth day 22 April, I took a drive around, just to see what I could see, that maybe I can help make the world a better place and less pollution for future generations.

I did come across someone picking up rubbish from the roadside. (Nice)!

But I found something which was not nice.

The above photo is some of what I saw, I was not happy.

This waste, of dumped farm maze, with a river not far away.

Coming across this on my travels on Earth day on the outskirts of a town, was not what I like to see.

You can see the liquid seeping out at the bottom of the stacks of maze waste, which has cow manure in it from a farmers feeding pad for dairy cows.

There were many starlings feeding off of the seeds, still in the waste.

I do not enjoy adding this for the world to see, but this is what I am promoting in this article, water pollution, and so close to home.

I am pleased to say that some months later, I took another drive past it and it has all been sorted out, hope it stays that way.

But I will leave this photo here to remind us, this sort of thing is not except-able.

Earth and saving water

What can you do to help it to be a cleaner greener world for future generations?

Water saving is the key to being green.

Know green, go green.

On earth we waste so much water.

Be water wise.

Save water.

Reclaimed Water

What is Reclaimed Water?

Reclaimed water or recycled water, is former wastewater (sewage) that is treated to remove solids and impurities, and used unsustainable landscaping irrigation to recharge groundwater aquifers to meet commercial and industrial water needs.

Help the Environment by Recycling water

Urenui River in flood - Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley
Urenui River in flood - Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley

Recycling Water

Recycled water is good for:

Toilet flushing, watering gardens, lawns and parks.

Washing cars and windows.

There are lots of other uses also for recycled water.

Maybe you could let us know some of your ideas for recycled water in the Guest comment.

In the video below the owners, since installing a system to catch water they've collected about 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of water to re-use for their laundry and their toilets.

Thanks for reading.

How to recycle rainwater for use at home

Did you know that millions of people around the world must walk for hours each day to fetch water.

How lucky we are to have fresh water everyday.

We must try not to waste water.

The Big Necessity: The unmentionable world of human waste and why It matters

This is so true - bodily waste is something common to all and as natural as breathing, yet we prefer not to talk about it.

But the time has come we need to stop and think about it, human waste is a major public health threat: population growth is taxing even the most advanced sewage systems in the world.

Yes this subject remains unmentionable, where will our body wastes, be going in 50-100 years time?.

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

An utterly original exploration of the world of human waste that will surprise, outrage—and entertain


© 2012 Elsie Hagley

Do you save water everyday?

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      Nell Rose 12 months ago from England

      Great hub and so very true and interesting. I love nature and try to do what I can locally.

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      BlogsWriter 5 years ago

      I wish people preserved earth everyday and polluted our beautiful earth less.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      I try to save water whenever i can. Great lens!!

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      JustOneGuy 5 years ago

      In the southwest United States, vast areas are completely without water. I don't live there. I live in a state where fresh water is taken for granted because there is so much of it.

      I am amazed at a couple of things: the money we spend creating weapons to destroy, kill and maim which could be used to desallinate sea water and create garbage disposal systems that make sense.

      For the energy needs to perform the desalination process, consider the heat within the caldera at yellowstone park.

      For the problem related to garbage disposal, we should grind up all solids and separate them into their component parts as a source of raw materials. This is orders of magnitude less expensive that trying to regenerate a poisoned environment.

      Instead of making "treaties" that seek to strip us of weapons and force us to bend over with our pants down, make treaties that inform the participant countries that polluting of common resources will not be tolerated.

      I find the idea of "saving" water somewhat confusing unless we are referring to the fact that we can destroy it by polluting it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for discussing such an important issue. Our water and land is important, I wish more people would be mindful of that. I do pick up trash when I visit places if I can.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This is a wonderful lens. Thank you for contributing to our information on this important topic.

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      RainDefence LM 5 years ago

      You know it is easy to take water for granted. For all the moaning a lot of people do, sometimes it is good to remember that we can get water, heat and light with a flick of a switch.

      The photo at the start is an absolutely awesome picture. If I was in that pic I would have to get it blown up and put on the wall.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      I am very conscious about water and electricity usage.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Returning to leave angel blessings.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      We are very fortunate to be just able to turn water on. I am mindful of it.

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      amanda2x 5 years ago

      this is a great reminder!

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      Only use what I need.

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      SapphireHunter 5 years ago

      Congratulations! Great lens!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Very nice tribute, great topic as well Thanks. Blessings

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Definitely, that is one of the crucial way to safe the earth.

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      Nebra 5 years ago

      more people should be concerned

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I try but often fail

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      kimmanleyort 5 years ago

      I try to. We all need to do our part and companies need to be held responsible for their actions too. Thank you for bringing attention to this important subject - water.

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      kendrafowler 5 years ago

      We are indeed blessed to have fresh water for our daily use! Inspite of water scarcity happening in many places in the world, those that have adequate water, do not even care to make proper use of it. Only a very few fall in the conservationist categories. Will our future generations have water for their survival?

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Eye opening great lens, your lens deserve the best award. Thanks man.

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      We are very lucky to have an excellent spring and aquifer, and no water restrictions for our home. But, I am extremely water conscious nonetheless. The reservoir that serves our small town, however, can be low during the summer following low snow years. People are on water restrictions during this time. I will be in town and see sprinklers running, and green lawns. A house with a yellow lawn next to a green lawn clearly indicates who is complying!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I have been contemplating on buying a rain barrel to use for watering my plants in the summer.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Also congratulations on Best of Squidoo - Earth Day 2012 honors!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We are blessed to have a good water supply and I tend to use it conservatively and always have, maybe because when I was growing up we would collect rain water in barrels in the basement for washing clothes and the sauna. Dad would bring snow to melt in the barrels in the winter. We do need to be water wise. Beautiful photos Elsie!...*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Whenever I confront lens with so much concern for earth I'm happy and feel a bit to relieved too.. :)

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I turn off the water when brushing my teeth and also water our landscaping less than even our water restrictions allow.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Yes, I try to save water as much as I can.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I seldom go for baths now and just take showers instead.

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      fish-oil-expert 5 years ago

      Yes, I have learned to turn off the water while I brush my teeth. Happy Earth Day!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I have diverted my washing machine grey water to my garden, working on the rest. I take shorter showers, installed drip irrigation, no lawn, xeric plants mostly. Thanks & Happy Earth day!

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      cheerfulshe 5 years ago

      We use only rain water for the garden and all things where water need not be filtered. Nice lens - thanks!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Thanks for making this lovely lens, I have pinned it to my board "doing good." I came here to see what my fellow Earth Day questmaster had come up with - I wrote a lens on solar cookers. Clean, ample water is absolutely a precious resource.

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      presentsandgiftsgalore 5 years ago

      Great info on Earth Day

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      KateHonebrink 6 years ago

      It's not hard to save water on a daily basis - keep the taps off when brushing your teeth, fix leaky faucets as soon as the drip is detected, use the correct load size when doing laundry and run a dishwasher only with a full load, to name a few...

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm living in the southeast U.S. which has been under a severe drought for several years, so it's become second nature to not waste water. Happy Earth Day to you.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I am conscious of the water I use, but I am still a water wastrel. I cannot take a 5-minute shower for the life of me! Thank you for writing about this important topic. They say water will be the new oil in 10 years or so.

      Congratulations on being included in the Earth Day Monster Board!

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      suzy-t 6 years ago

      Absolutely. We've always had it available where I live but at times, it has been scarce. We started the practice of water conservation many years ago and it is now a way of life for our family. It should be for every family and oh what a difference that could make.

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      SteveKaye 6 years ago

      I certainly try to save water. For example, during summer I water our lawn just enough to keep it alive. So it looks awful. We also have low flow faucets. And in general we strive for a small footprint lifestyle.