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Well 2 weeks ago i began my job as a activist at Clean water action. it is amazing, i love it so much.<br><br><br><br>
clean water action is a non profit org. that organizes and fundraises for the environment and clean waterways. <a href="http://www.cleanwateraction.org" target="_blank">www.cleanwateraction.org</a><br><br><br><br>
my job is a canvasser and we go out into the community and talk to people about issues in the environment. we have letters we get people to sign right there so we can use there voice when fighting on issues. it takes good money to fight bad money so we also fundraise . it is so great. i feel great. i feel like i am helping make a democracy work, and helping the environment.<br><br><br><br>
of course there are the people that just dont care but for every one of those there are people that do care.<br><br><br><br>
right now locally we are fighting mercury contamination. its terrible. PA (where i live and work) is the 2nd worst state. and mercury is linked to autism in children and also alztimers (SP?) and parkinsons. gross.<br><br><br><br>
we get people involved and fight the people that want to let pollution run rampid for the sake of big buisness.<br><br><br><br>
alright im done with my "i love my job" rant now.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
im warning you if clean water action ever comes to your door then please sign and donate, your money is going to a awsome cause. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"><br><br><br><br>
peace and love<br><br>
~alyssa
 

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Water is such a big issue right now with such a limited supply of fresh water. I wonder if you ever get a chance to talk to your coworkers about how veg*nism reduces the demand for water by a significant amount. And how meat-production is so polluting for our waterways.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Our supply of fresh water is becoming depleted quickly. As an example, hydrologists estimate that nearly half of the water of the Ogallala Aquifer (one of the world’s greatest underground water source supplying our southwestern states) is gone. We will never be able to replace it in our lifetime as it is considered non renewable. This aquifer supplies water for most of the cattle raised in America. In fact, it is estimated that 50% of all the water used for all purposes in the U.S. is used for raising livestock and animals for food (17,18,19). In the 2 years it takes to raise a steer, it requires 12,000 gallons of water just to produce 1 pound of meat while it takes only 240 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of soybeans (19). Eating a vegetarian or better yet, a vegan diet saves a tremendous amount of water, much of it irreplaceable water created 10,000-25,000 years ago from the Ice Age.</div>
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<div class="quote-block">Raising animals for food causes more water pollution in the U.S. than any other industry because these animals produce 130 times the amount of excrement of the entire human population, 87,000 pounds per second (21,22). Cattle alone produce over 1 billion tons of organic waste each year (21). <b>Much of this waste flows into lakes, streams, rivers, and wells contaminating our water sources (21).</b> Although much has been documented about the negative impact on our atmosphere related to the burning of fossil fuels by cars, homes and factories, not much has been said about the effect of modern cattle raising. In fact, it is responsible for significant emissions of three of the four global warming gases. As rainforests and grasslands are cleared and burned for cattle use, carbon dioxide is emitted. Nitrous oxide is released from fertilizers used and methane, the third and most potent greenhouse gas is released directly from cattle. The worlds’2 billion cattle emit 12 to 14 percent of all the methane released into the atmosphere yearly (22).</div>
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<br><br><br><a href="http://www.opes.biz/why_vegan.html" target="_blank">http://www.opes.biz/why_vegan.html</a>
 

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Water, or "blue gold", is going to be an increasingly important issue in our world... it's absolutely necessary, it's our common heritage, very limited, and too often treated as a free and inexhaustable resource or commodity.
 

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Good for you Alyssa, you are involved in such a crucial cause. I am told only about 1% of the world's fresh water supply is drinkable without treatment. The chlorine used to treat public water supplies is rquired to make it fit for drinking, but the cost on human health is awful.
 

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alyssa,<br><br><br><br>
i pm'd you awhile back to ask you a little more about your job. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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