9780740756825

Hold Your Water 68 Things You Need to Know to Keep Our Planet Blue

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    9780740756825

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    0740756826

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-04-01
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Summary

Hold Your Wateroffers insight into the water and world around us. Taking a conversational approach to conservation, it dives into simple ways that even little old you can make a difference--all with a witty, and at times whimsical, slant on the world in which we live.The Wyland Foundation is widely lauded by politicians and scientists alike for its practical insight and positive impact on our planet. Former Vice President Al Gore praised the group, saying, "Your organization makes an invaluable contribution to the effort to promote environmental awareness."Hold Your Wateris the latest in the organization's legacy of arming everyday people with straight-ahead insight and simple tips for keeping our planet blue. Written by two members of Wyland's staff, the book provides countless fascinating facts about our planet. For instance, did you realize that while two-thirds of the earth's surface is covered by water, only 3 percent of that water is safe to drink? And of that 3 percent, nearly two-thirds is locked up in polar ice caps?The book offers easy ways for people to help preserve water and other related precious resources. Divided into more than 30 sections, this compendium illustrates how everyday activities such as car washing, showering, fertilizing--even 'pet poop' cleanup--can negatively impact the environment. It then delivers more than 100 tips and tidbits that will help you protect your planet.Whether you are one of the nearly three-quarters of Americans who consider themselves environmentalists, or you just want to know more about the world in which you live,Hold Your Wateris a book worth holding on to.

Author Biography

Wyland is the world's premier marine life artist. Through sculpture, painting, photography, and education, Wyland encourages responsible stewardship of our world's oceans and marine life. His work includes eight previous books, more than 90 Whaling Wall murals, the nonprofit Wyland Foundation, and the Wyland Ocean Challenge, an arts and science curriculum intended to get children involved in saving our water. Wyland calls Laguna Beach, Calif., home.



The Wyland Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting conservation through education programs, community service, and environmental art. The Foundation supports up to 100 conservation, scientific research, and education groups each year. Its founder, known simply as Wyland, is the world's premier marine life artist. He lives in Hawaii and California.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Part 1 Getting Your Feet Wet... 1
1 It's So Big
2(2)
2 It's So Wet
4(2)
3 Now That I'm on the Water Cycle, How Do I Get Off?
6(2)
4 Even the Trees Are in on It
8(2)
5 What Is a Dead Zone, Anyway?
10(2)
6 Only Chumps Dump
12(2)
7 Shower Power
14(2)
8 The Car Wash Blues
16(2)
9 The Inside Poop on Pet Waste
18(2)
10 How Does Your Garden Grow?
20(2)
11 Wanted: More Graffiti
22(2)
12 Jellies on a Roll
24(2)
13 Bottle Bashing
26(2)
14 If You Love It, Set It Free
28(2)
15 The Great Weight Debate
30(2)
16 Start a "Pee Outside" Day
32(2)
17 A Cure for Buildup
34(2)
18 Beat the Wrap
36(4)
Part 2 What Are You Calling a Bad Habit?... 39
19 Hold on to Your Butt
40(2)
20 Beware of Things That Go Drip in the Night
42(2)
21 Fish Don't Get Depressed, So Why Are We Giving Them Prozac?
44(2)
22 Seconds Anyone?
46(2)
23 Water Color: The Politics of Conservation
48(2)
24 Try Green Cleaning
50(4)
25 Colonel Halibut in the Library with a Fishing Pole
54(2)
26 I'm Melting in the Rain
56(2)
27 How the Other Half Lives
58(2)
28 Letting Creativity Flow
60(2)
29 Whose Water Is It, Anyway?
62(2)
30 A Thirstier World
64(2)
31 Shouldn't I Know Something About the Greenhouse Effect?
66(2)
32 Grab Bag
68(2)
33 Small Car, Big Savings
70(2)
34 Fishometers
72(2)
35 Breeding Goodwill
74(3)
Part 3 Go with the Flow... 77(26)
36 Welcome to Disposable Island
78(2)
37 A Stranger in Your Tank
80(2)
38 Make Your House a Home
82(2)
39 Smart Dinner Talk
84(3)
40 Watered-Down Techno Trash
87(3)
41 The Trouble with MTBE
90(2)
42 Hooked on Dry-Cleaning
92(4)
43 Wild, Wonderful Wetlands
96(2)
44 Power of the Pen
98(2)
45 Watchdog for Water
100(3)
Part 4 A Global View... 103(40)
46 Unsafe Water: The Human Cost
104(2)
47 A Head Start on Innovation
106(2)
48 People, People Everywhere–and Only So Many Drops to Drink
108(2)
49 Vanishing Act
110(2)
50 Where's Your Next Drink Coming From?
112(2)
51 Are You Retaining Enough Water?
114(3)
52 A Big Dip in the Great Lakes
117(2)
53 Debt for Nature
119(3)
54 Buy More! Save Less?
122(4)
55 Drops for Crops
126(2)
56 Sharing Scenarios
128(2)
57 Big Blue Battery
130(2)
58 Winds of Climate Change
132(2)
59 What's in a Name?
134(2)
60 A Tip About Aquaculture
136(2)
61 Trawling for Dollars
138(2)
62 A Dry Look at Toilets
140(3)
Part 5 Strange Weather Ahead... 143(16)
63 Negative Flow
144(2)
64 View from the Greenhouse
146(2)
65 Desert by Numbers
148(2)
66 Making a Stink About Methane
150(3)
67 Express Yourself
153(2)
68 Holding Back a Flood
155(4)
Appendixes ... 159(12)
Appendix 1 Quick Tips for Water Conservation in the Home
159(2)
Appendix 2 Quick Tips for Smart Seafood Dining
161(1)
Appendix 3 Pathogens—When Good Water Goes Bad
162(1)
Appendix 4 A Look At Your Water Bill
163(2)
Appendix 5 Solving the Water Crisis?
165(1)
Appendix 6 Sample Advocacy Letters
165(3)
Appendix 7 Getting to Know the Clean Water Act
168(1)
Appendix 8 Fifty Environmental Organizations Worth Supporting
169
Appendix 9 Start Now: Water By the Numbers
110(61)
Glossary 171
Resources 115(67)
About the Wyland Foundation 182(1)
About the Authors 183

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