World Water Day: Social Media Tour

Author: Ed Valdez
Published: March 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm

World Water Day logoMarch 22nd marks the United Nations sponsored World Water Day: A day for us to gauge how we can minimize our water footprint to maximize resources for all. The global theme for 2012 is: “Water security is food security – the world is thirsty because we are hungry.”

Here’s a whirlwind social media tour for the best resources to educate, facilitate and accelerate all of us to make a difference in our daily use of water. The 2-minute video is the perfect place to start and make water everybody’s business to improve the standard of living across the world . (FYI, since most of the references are made with the metric system, it takes about 4 liters to make 1 gallon.)

So the next time we decide what we eat, it may be good to know that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates our water footprint:

  • 36 gallons of water to produce one egg;
  • 68 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of fruit or vegetables;
  • 55 gallons of water to produce one glass of milk;
  • 3,400 gallons of water to produce one half pound of beef;
  • 132 gallons of water to eat a standard breakfast of one egg, a glass of milk, 4 ounces of fruit and 2 slices of bread with butter – that’s enough water to take a five-minute shower each day for one month.

Although each of us drinks about one half gallon of water per day, it takes far more water to sustain our way of life. Since water is the essence of life on earth, what are some of the ways we can conserve to minimize our water footprint on a daily basis? Learn more at


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Article Author: Ed Valdez

As a mobile/wireless industry analyst, Ed Valdez leverages his MIT background to provide mobile tech insights on trends/culture. He is co-author of Samsung 3.0: Talent, Technology & Timing. @edvaldez8888.

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