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Hello Saluki Green Action Team - SGATs!  

Throughout August and September, our posts have been focused on sustainable water use in the Southern Illinois community. The choices we make and the actions we take don’t only affect our local water resources, but in fact have global consequences. 

Did you know:
that water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the global population, and that this number is expected to increase? In the Midwest, water is typically plentiful but the choices we make here can have a direct effect on the availability of water resources around the world. For example, 

  • The water that is used to create the products we buy or the food we eat may come from areas experiencing water scarcity. 
  • This increases the demand for water in regions with already limited quantities, thus compounding the stress on this resource. 
  • Illinois isn’t a coastal state, but if we don’t recycle our plastic it may eventually pollute the oceans via our rivers and streams.

Take Action: Stay informed! Resolving the environmental issues we face locally is only part of the path to sustainability; we must also keep the bigger picture in mind. Learn more about global penalties to unsustainable water use and how they are being addressed at: 

***Our 1st SGAT meet up is today, 9/11 at noon in front of Morris Library. Join us for pizza and a conversation! Invite your friends!*** 

Gregoria Cruz champions a culture of recycling in the city of Arequipa. Photo: UNDP Peru

Photo Credit: UNDP Sustainable Dev't Goal 14  

Sources: https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/how-does-plastic-end-ocean, http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals.html, http://pacinst.org/worlds-water-challenges-2017/
Post Credit: Erin Woolard, 2018 fall Sustainability Fellow

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Keep up the great work,  
Saluki Green Action Team