Water is our world’s most precious resource. Without it, life ceases to exist. Unfortunately, our planet’s water supply is depleting faster than it can be replenished. What’s more, the water we do have is being compromised by pollution and runoff. Waterkeeper Alliance, one of the world’s fastest growing environmental organizations, is working to fight against water pollution and depletion.
Recently, Waterkeeper Alliance addressed the issue of water pollution caused by water runoff created by factory farms. It is one of the greatest sources of water pollution in the United States. Chemical contaminants from fertilized fields end up in our streams and rivers. Manure from overcrowded animal holding areas and warehouses also create runoff and contaminate water with deadly pathogens. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration passed a rule that allows factory farms to hide information about toxic pollutants from the public. This is a serious issue for communities all over the world. A petition from Last Call at the Oasis is working to give Americans back their right to know about what’s in their water. You can sign it here.
Airports also contribute to the pollution of our waters. They regularly dump toxic fuels, de-icing fluids and other pollutants into streams and waters. The Environmental Protection Agency has been petitioned by several environmental organizations to require that all airports report their toxic pollutants under the Toxic Release Inventory. Additionally, pollution runoff from the airport itself occurs. Organizations have requested that airports be forced to deal with their polluting practices. You can mail in letter, showing your support for the public’s right to know about toxic dumping and runoff from airports.
Flow the Film has links to a number of water-related petitions, actions, movements and issues. Find out what else you can do to help protect our planet’s most vital and precious resource.