Random things that just don’t fit.

Below is some random things that I have grabbed, I had a few drafts saved and compiled them together as most of these things are not relevant but there are some interesting links I want to keep track of its more for my own research then to get anything really relevant and valuable from.

This one is to calculate how much water a person should drink depending on weight and exercise.

Un-bottling Our Water Supply

As well as the water contained in bottles, figures from the Australian Bottled Water Institute show that twice as much water is used in the production process. That represents three litres of water used for every litre of bottled water sold.

On plastic bottles.

Collaboration with councils

The Alliance hopes to get us to look for alternatives to drinking water in bottles. Manly City Council’s Mayor, Peter Macdonald, will be the first to lead his community to oppose bottled water and formally push forward an initiative to discourage its use.

The Alliance will be writing to other Mayors and Councils, asking them to take the initiative on board.

Other action has already been taken by the government. The Department of Environment and Climate Change has already banned access to bottled water for their public servants, taking them out of vending machines and discouraging staff from purchasing them.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/06/global-water-challenge-president-paul-faeth-interview-part-one.php

The biggest thing facing us right now is climate change. Studies suggest that right now about a third of people in the world are living in climate-stressed areas. That includes places like California and the desert Southwest, but also places in Latin America and places you’d normally think about in Africa and India. The numbers suggest that as much as two thirds of the human population could be living in water-stressed areas [because of climate change].

This is from when I was looking into different names for my project, seeing if I could find any localised aboriginal names relevant to watering hole. Language Melbourne is in the land of the Woi Wurrung people, they speak Wiradjuri Language so I tried to see if I could find anything from them.

Mooroopna Deep water, deep hole, a deep water-hole, red clay Jodajoda LanguageTerrick a deep water-hole Djadja wurrung
collin goonah water snake Wiradjuri Language
dubba water couch grass Wiradjuri Language
gilbull little water hen Wiradjuri Language
gumblebogi wild turkey in waterhole
kowe water Boon wurrung Language
wonyeram water escaping underground Barababaraba Language
Wyuna Clear water Jodajoda Language
Yaan water Gunai Language
Yallam waterholewater Jardwadja
Wonyeram water escaping underground Barababaraba Language
Kowe water Boon wurrung Language
Thar the spring Dhauwurd wurrung Language
Beear stream, running water Jardwadjali Language
Brim well or spring (brim brim spring of water)Jardwadjali Language
cailian water Jardwadjali
delk good water Jardwadjali Language
gadjin water Jardwadjali Language
Bogan swamp or rushes Wiradjuri Language
Birra-arrung, Bararing water running through trees and shadows Yarra River a little above Melbourne, the district round the River Yarra Woi wurrung Language
The Wadawurrung believed there was a creature called Moo-roo-bul who lived in a deep water hole in the river of that name. This creature would drag and kill any one who came near it’s lair Another creature like Moo-roo-bul was Too-roo-dun. This creature lived at the mouth of Stawell’s creak near the township of Tooradin

On of my favorite stories about water as a child was tiddalik the frog, who drunk up all the water so there was nothing for the rest of the animals, so they had to try and make him laugh to fill up their waterhole so they wouldn’t be thirsty.

6233 people to one drinking fountain in Melbourne. As there are 710,600 people or regular visitors in Melbourne and 114 drinking Fountains available to use. (Though this is not true as a lot of them aren’t working so there are even less.)

This is something that always comes up when talking about water… Water as a privet commodity.
Drinking at the Public Fountain
In the last few years, the world’s largest financial institutions and pension funds, from Goldman Sachs to Australia’s Macquarie Bank, have figured out that old, trustworthy utilities and infrastructure could become reliable cash cows — supporting the financial system’s speculative junk derivatives with the real concrete of highways, water utilities, airports, harbors, and transit systems.

This radical shift to the private sector could become one of history’s largest transfers of ownership, control, and wealth from the public trust to the private till.

How the Water Revolt Began
And a huge market it is. About 85% of Americans receive their water from public utility departments, making water infrastructure, worth trillions of dollars, a prime target for privatization. To drive their agenda, water industry lobbyists have consistently opposed federal aid for public water agencies, hoping that federal cutbacks would drive market expansion. So far, the strategy has worked. In 1978, just before the Reagan-era starvation diet began, federal funding covered 78% of the cost for new water infrastructure. By 2007, it covered just 3%.

Providing clean, accessible, affordable water is not only the most basic of all government services, but throughout history, control of water has defined the power structure of societies. If we lose control of our water, what do we, as citizens, really control?
Water is a Human Right, not a Commodity

Troubled Water Saints, sinners, truths and lies about the global water Crisis. Anita Roddick
40% increase in global water use by 2020. Bottled water is a 46 billion dollar industry.

In the 1970s the annual volume of water bottled and traded around the world was 1 billion liters. In 2000, annual sales in bottled water had skyrocketed to 84 billion liters, one quarter of which was traded outside and consumed outside the country of origin. Its priced 1100 times what the same water taken out of the tap would cost.

Here are some statistics on bottled water usage 46% is from Western Europe

20% from North America 11% from the Pacific 8% from Easter Europe 7% from Latin America 6% from North Africa and the Near East 2% from Asia and 0% from the rest of Africa. It just shows that the people who really should be concered with their drining water are the ones who can’t affored bottled water.

American’s empty 2.5 million plastic water bottles an hour.

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