It’s so perfectly fitting that World Water Day also marks the beginning of Meat-Free Week! Raised by environmentalists in the southwest, I am keenly aware of how scarce fresh water is.
Did you know that only 2% of world’s water is fresh? Even scarier, only 1% of the world’s water is readily available for our use, while the rest is trapped in glaciers and snowfields. Freshwater is what we rely on to quench our thirst, cook our meals, wash ourselves, our pets, our clothes and our dishes, brush our teeth…I could go on and on. Water is essential to life–60% of our bodies are made out of water.
You might be wondering…where I am going with all of these water facts? Well, it may surprise you to know that the average hamburger takes about 630 gallons of water to produce. On the other hand, it only requires 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat. When you eat a steak or chicken, you are also consuming the water it took to feed and raise that animal.
So celebrate World Water Day and Meat-Free Week by swapping that turkey burger for a veggie burger. You can keep your long shower, too 🙂