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Friday Round-Up: Bikes, Water and Taking Action

October 15th, 2010

Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Since we were so excited for the launch of our bike blog last month, we decided to continue with that theme for all of October. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

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Today is Blog Action Day — an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year’s topic is water.

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us. And we think that’s something worth talking about. Since we’ve observed Fridays this month to talk about bikes, we thought we could combine the two…

Cleaning Up Our Waterways

40% of America’s rivers and 46% of America’s lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life. Much of this is due to runoff from roads. Cars spew exhaust, that get’s mixed up with rain water and runs off into your favorite creek. Ride your bike. No nasty exhaust and you can feel good that you’re protecting your waterways.

Faster, Safer Access to Water

African women and children walk more than 40 billion hours each year to gather water, which is usually still not safe to drink. A clean water project nearby means more than safe drinking water to women and children in developing nations; it means time, freedom and incentive to change their communities. And just think if they had a bike…

Ditch the Bottle, Drink From the Tap

People in the US drink an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year. Currently 3.6 million people die each year because they don’t have clean water to drink and every day 4,000 children younger than 5 die from preventable, water-borne diseases. So, while millions of people across the world don’t have access to clean water at all, Americans, the overwhelming majority of which, have safe and cheap tap water flowing freely, still are choosing to shell out tons of money for bottled water. And the industry is making a killing off of it. Stop the madness. Kick your bottled water habit and fuel up with clean, safe tap water!

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