All posts tagged: water

Blue Mind. Our Deep Connection to Water

Photo Credit: Erich Schlegel Water plays an integral role in our daily lives— it’s essential for our survival. It is evident that we all have a deep connection to water, perhaps more than we realize. Many people talk about getting their daily dose of “vitamin sea” and that aligns with New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols’s book Blue Mind that explores our relationship with water and the positive healing benefits we gain both on a cognitive and emotional level.   We require water for our survival, but we also have an underlying dependency on water for recreational use as a pathway to acquiring its positive benefits. In particular, our oceans offer us a place of sanctuary and can help restore and rejuvenate us from stress. It is amazing how by just spending time in the ocean, it has the ability to allow an anxious day to easily slip away. Water, whether it is a lake, river, waterfall or the ocean it has a diversity of positive impacts on us. Memories tied to experiences with …

World Environment Day 2015

This post is dedicated to the upcoming World Environment. World Environment Day, June 5th, was designated by the United Nations.  This year’s theme is:   A great theme! It encourages us to step back and evaluate our consumption habits. Ultimately, there needs to be responsible management of the earth’s resources. Natural resources are finite, and our needs and wants infinite.  Thus, the need for harmony among humanity, the environment and our economy- all of which are connected. It is thought that, “By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.” (UNEP) Ultimately, the goal is for us to live sustainably, and being conscientious of our consumption habits. Our three main areas of consumption are water, food and energy. Below are some stats on the usage and consumption of these resources. Water -Less than 3% of the world’s water is fresh (drinkable), of which 2.5% is frozen in the Antarctica, Arctic and …

Ticktock, Drip Drop

  I am dedicating this post in honor of the upcoming World Water Day (22 March).  The first World Water Day was in 1993.  The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as World Water Day.  Since its inception, World Water Day is celebrated around the world, drawing attention to various water related issues. This year’s theme is “Water Is” Check out the video below for more details. I love this theme.  It is important to step back and take a moment to ponder what does water mean to us and our lives.  Water holds such incredible value.  Many times we take it for granted that there is fresh water available to us.  We have clean water to drink, clean with, and cook with.  However, there are many who are not as fortunate.  For instance, “1 in 9 people lack access to safe water” (Water.org). Check out this video by Water.org Water is… everything.  Water is life.  Water is at the heart of our survival.   Conservation International has created an incredible short video raising …

Greater Good: Help Support Response to Oil Spill in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh

Photo Credit ( Sundarbans Oil Spill Response Indiegogo Campaign)   “On December 9, 2014, an oil tanker carrying an estimated 357,000 liters (77,000 gallons) of furnace oil was anchored overnight in the Sela River because of dense fog and poor visibility. Another empty tanker hit this tanker, causing it to capsize.” (Sundarbans Oil Spill)  This catastrophe has devastated the fragile eco system, The Sundarbans, home to the world’s biggest mangrove forest.  This mangrove forest is home to both rare and endangered animals such as: the rare Irrawaddy Dolphin, the endangered Bengal Tiger, and countless other species–many that are endangered. There is an urgency for humanity to come together to help those affected by this environmental catastrophe. Please join The Water Defense Fund in their efforts to help assist with the cleanup of the areas affected by the oil spill.   Here is a link to Sundarbans Oil Spill Response Indiegogo Campaign.  Your donation will help make a difference in the world. Additional Resources and more info: National Geographic Water Defense Fund      

The Water Crisis

  Photo Credit: Water.org Today is World Water Day.  In honor of World Water Day, I would like to dedicate this post to raising awareness about the water crisis, and drawing attention to the incredible efforts Water.org and others are making to help create solutions to end the water crisis. Do you know about the Water Crisis? Fast Facts about the Water Crisis – 780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people -An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day. – More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world Source: Water.org  Learn more about how we can help solve the global water crisis

4th of July Orange + Lemon Infused Water

    Happy 4th of July!!! Today is one of my favorite holidays!  Orange + Lemon infused water is a refreshing drink to serve your guests at your 4th of July BBQ, Brunch or Dinner party.  It’s a great way to use up your lemons and oranges.  The citrus flavor is delicious! Bonus- It’s 100% healthy and not only are you keeping yourself hydrated with water (a must during summer days) you are getting the added benefit of a Vitamin C boost to keep you energized for a day of fun in the sun and a spectacular show of fireworks. Ingredients 2 slices of oranges cut into pieces 2 slices of lemon spritz a little orange into water spritz a little lemon into water let it chill for an hour or so and then enjoy! p.s- the longer the oranges and lemons infuse into the water the strong the taste 🙂   When you have drank the last drop of your orange and lemon infused water, please don’t let the fruit pieces go to waste. …