I chose to reduce my water usage as my commitment for the case study at my school. However, when I was starting to do this commitment it was really hard. I always forgot that I had to reduce water. I thought of way to always remind me to reduce water. So I decided to leave a note everywhere to reduce water. But then, in about 5 days, I got used to reducing water. So it has gotten easier over time. To save water it might sound hard. But it is only hard in the beginning. Once it becomes a habit, we can do it without much thinking.
Did you know that there is less than 1% of fresh water that people can use? The rest is salt water (the kind you find in the ocean) or is it permanently frozen and we can’t drink it, wash with it, or water plants. As our population grows more and more people are using from this limited resource. Therefore, it is important that we use our water wisely and not waste it. I got this information according to the website http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/kids/whysave.html And this image gotten from-www.keep-o-matic.co.uk
My commitment relates to other classes: For example, in Social Studies because we were talking about cotton to make shirts. So people have to wash cotton to make it clean. It takes 2,700 gallons of water to make a t-shirt. Just to make a simple t-shirt. Then we throw it away because we don’t want it any more.
My commitment also relates to Science, because in science class we are learning about hydraulic fracking, which uses a lot of fresh water. Hydraulic fracturing is a process used in nine out of ten natural gas wells in the United States. According to, http://fracfocus.org/water-protection/hydraulic-fracturing-usage it says that hydraulic fracking uses 8.4 million of gallons of water per day. That is a lot of water used per day!
In conclusion, after doing this commitment I had learned that reducing water is something really important. It is a valuable resource that we should take care of. If we run out of water then there is no going back. So before it is too late, let’s conserve our water. This commitment has changed the ways I think about my actions and its consequences every single day, and now I am advocating for more people to save water before it is too late!
About the Author: Evelyn, is a student at Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School (M.E.L.S), NY. The students were asked to do a case study about doing a commitment that impacts the world. Evelyn decided to reduce water, as this commitment really impacts the world.