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80 litres ... really?

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

Do you need a bath? Hang on … do you REALLY need a bath? Do you need one every day? Could you skip a bath today, share your bath water, or have a shower instead? We’re just coming to the end of Global Goals Week – time for thinking about children all around the world and how we can help end poverty, fight inequality and help combat climate change. Can you imagine waking up before dawn to trek to the nearest water source, and then carrying a filled water container – without spilling it – and doing that every day? Women and children around the world, spend 200 million hours each day collecting water.

Your challenge this week is to avoid a bath, or two – save it as a special treat? A typical bath uses 80 litres of water! If you can find a 1 litre bottle around your home - fill it up, close your eyes and imagine 140 of them lined up – that’s how much water the average person in the UK uses EVERY day!!! Reducing our water consumption can play its part in helping to combat climate change. Pumping, treating, delivering and disposing of cold water causes carbon emissions, on top of those resulting from heating the water.

It's ‘half-time’ for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Think of a football or hockey match – what happens at half-time? Heads of state met in New York this week to re-group, discuss tactics and set strategies for trying to achieve the ambitious 2030 vision #imaginewinning. If you wanted to create a better, sustainable planet for all – what goals would you set? Here’s a starter for you – Goal 1 is ‘No Poverty’, Goal 6 is ‘Clean water and sanitation’, Goal 13 is ‘Climate Action’. See how many of your goals match up to the actual 17 Global Goals. Watch this excellent animated 6 minute movie Introducing the Global Goals – and how can we use our superpowers to help achieve the vision. To delve down deeper, BBC Bitesize gives further detail about each of the goals.

When you have saved water, helped to tackle climate change from your bathroom, and used your ‘superpowers’ to help achieve the ‘Climate Action’ Global Goal – don’t forget to HIT THE RED BUTTON and let us know!


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