Hey everyone! Its Rachael here,

We just had our water show! We learned all about where our water comes from and how it gets recycled in the water cycle. This precious resource covers about 71% of the Earth but only 2.5% of that is fresh drinkable water. Every living thing needs water to survive! The human body is approximately 75% water, and your cells are mostly water too! They use H2O for metabolic processes. We also depend on water to grow our food and for transportation, for power generation and many recreational activities.

Since most of the planet is covered in water, we should know a little about how we can help protect our oceans. Eating sustainable seafood, correctly disposing of cigarette butts, reducing and reusing plastics of all kinds, and connecting with nature are all simple ways to do your part. These few small actions can help to save our marine ecosystems!

Our beautiful campus is leading the way in green initiatives! Laurier is committed to reducing water consumption and promoting water efficiency. There are many water refill stations featuring nice, cold filtered water. To learn more check out sustainability’s website.

A really cool initiative that Laurier is in the process of implementing is the Water Bottle Phase Out Plan. Basically we are slowly going to remove all plastic water bottles from stores and food places on campus, and shift towards a community of reusable water bottle users!

Jack Johnson was our eco-artist this week. His laid back tunes were perfect for this relaxing Therapy Thursday. His concerts follow Reverb guidelines and he is an active promoter of Farm Aid, the initiative that raises funds and awareness for family farmers, allowing everyone access to good farm food. Jack and the band recently released a new album called From Here To Now To You, and they will be touring greenly with Jack’s All At Once campaign.

Check out this link http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/world-s-oldest-flowing-water-found-deep-in-timmins-mine-1.1387588 to read more about the scientists who drank 2.64 billion year old water!

Unfortunately we ran out of time on the show to tell you about whales, my favourite animal, but here’s a few tidbits for you! The killer whale or Orca is considered a whale but is actually the largest of the dolphins. These incredibly intelligent gentle giants live in all oceans but tend to frequent cold, coastal waters. They live in groups called pods for most of their 50-80 years and are very social creatures. Orcas are the most powerful marine predators. They are excellent hunters and use cooperative techniques, with all members participating to capture their prey. They have excellent eye sight(in and out of water) and use echolocation to communicate. Although they are not an endangered species, pollution, sewage, toxic runoff and excess boating can disrupt their behaviours and cause damage to their habitat.

That’s all for now eco-listeners. Don’t forget to tweet us @NPollution or check out our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RLnpollution to comment and share your opinions about Laurier’s Water Bottle Phase Out Plan, if you have any other questions or comments for us, or just want to chat.

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