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Water for My Birthday and the Truth About Legacy

I turn 34 years old on Tuesday. Normally my birthday is no big deal, but this year, in honor of Rod Arnod‘s talk at OTA Sessions, I’m giving up my birthday in an effort to give clean drinking water to 34 people. Can you give $34 to charity:water for my birthday? Come on, help me hit my goal of $680!

Just click here to give, and to see all kinds of details about where your donation will go:

http://mycharitywater.org/joebart

 

The story of charity: water

I spent the day Friday at a remarkable conference called The OTA Sessions, put on by my friend Hugh Weber. Lindsey and I had fun helping 24 OTA-goers to turn a passionate idea they showed up with into a real project to launch. Also met all kinds of new friends from across the OTA states and the country. Just so happy to have had the opportunity to plug in the way we did. Thanks Hugh!

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One of the awesome speakers was Rod Arnold, a Watertown, South Dakota native who is the COO for charity:water in NYC. (The great news is Rod announced he and his family are moving back home to South Dakota soon!) He told and showed us in vivid pictures and video about the 1 billion people who drink dirty water because that’s all they’ve got. We’re talking muddy, bacteria and feces filled stuff here.

Even more powerfully though, Rod told us the tear-jerking, inspirational story of his two brothers Ryan and Chad. Chad needed a new liver, fast. And Ryan selflessly offered to donate 60% of his healthy liver to his brother. While at their family cabin in the Black Hills, Ryan and Chad got word that Ryan was a match, and they scheduled the surgery. Here is their story, as told by a Denver news channel:

Rod emotionally shared with us Friday many of the life lessons his brother Ryan gave to him. The most powerful of those for me: a legacy is not something you leave, it’s something you live. Thanks, Rod, for the best closing talk we could have asked for. And welcome home.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Celebrations, Raves

 

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3.5-stars for Oxygenics Elite

Here’s my review of our new Oxygenics low flow showerhead: It works pretty well. It feels quite different–not better or worse, just different.

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our new Oxygenics 700-XLF25 Elite

The pros: it really shoots that water out strong if you want it to. It cuts the gallons per minute in half.

The cons: it takes twice as long for the hot water to get to the shower, so we run it a minute before getting in. Also, because there is less water and it’s gushing out of there at higher pressure, the shower feels colder than it did before the new shower head. So, that means we crank up the heat a little more. (at least I do).

Overall, I guess I’d recommend it, though it’s not perfect. I know it’ll save some wet stuff, which is good. I just bought another one for our other bathroom…

So, I guess it’s 3.5 stars out of 5.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2009 in going green, rants, Raves

 

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Low Flow is a Go

My shower in the morning will be so much greener. I just swapped out our old (only 5 years old) Moen shower head for a new “invigorating, euphoric, truly unforgettable” oxygenics elite low-flow shower head. should drop us down to the .5 – 1.25 gal per minute range. Now if I can just get in teh habit of taking a quicker shower…

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2009 in going green

 

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My Water Bottle (plus photos from my hike)

So, in that last post about dumping bottled water, I forgot to show you my reusable water bottle. It’s an aluminum bottle from SIGG, and I take it with me pretty much everywhere (it has a ocuple dents to prove it).

Here’s a shot of my SIGG, hanging over the litter I picked up on my hike this morning at Lake Vermillion (pics from the hike are below and on Flickr).

Please take the pledge to stop drinking bottled water.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2008 in going green, hiking

 

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Kick That Bottled Water

I just pledged to carry a reusable water bottle with me instead of drinking out of bottled water (thanks to No Impact Man for the tip). This is a cool campaign–those plastic bottles are really bad stuff. Sure, it seemed like a good idea, made it convenient and all. But those bottles use up resources, contribute to global warming and are piling up in landfills and ditches all over the world (I picked up four littered bottles on my hike this morning). Worst of all–that water in the bottle is no better than the water in your kitchen tap. So, you might as well drink from a reusable bottle for a fraction of a penny instead of throwing down  a buck or two.

This is one of those changes that we as humans–particularly Americans–should be able to change without giving up much comfort. It’ll make a huge impact. So, please join me in this pledge, and ask your friends and the grocery stores and restaurants where you spend money to do the same.At over 5 bucks a gallon, that bottled water you just bought is more expensive than gas!

Here’s the pledge:

I pledge to Break the Bottled Water Habit by Thinking Outside the Bottle and using a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water. I also pledge to support the efforts of local officials to stop spending public funds on bottled water and prioritize strong public water systems over bottled water profits.

Here are a few stats on bottled water, from water.newdream.org. And below that is a youtube video from the 20/20 news tv show.

Why you should take this pledge:

Everything we consume has a climate impact, but manufacturing and trucking water bottles to homes with clean tap water seems particularly wasteful. The Beverage Marketing Corporation reports that Americans consumed 31.2 billion liters of water in 2006 – nearly 9 liters per month for every man, woman, and child.

Manufacturing all those bottles requires 900,000 tons of plastic, the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, and emit more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide. Trucking around all those heavy bottles emits even more greenhouse gases.  Beyond the climate impact there’s the massive waste – 86% of water bottles aren’t recycled — and water bottling is also, ironically, a very water-intensive endeavor. The Pacific Institute tells us that it takes three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water!

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2008 in global warming, going green, Raves

 

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