I have been searching for material regarding the value of clean water. I am doing this because I feel that understanding the value of this precious natural resource, and feeling grateful for the availability to clean water, is paramount to action for protecting it. We protect what we love. We love what we need and what feels special to us.
I found the perfect book to support and build on my premise - Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols. "The surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make [us] happier, healthier, more connected and better at what [we] do"
Dr Nichols' claim is lofty. He does a great job supporting it with all kinds of statistics and anecdotes. I especially appreciate his holistic approach, with an emphasis on "emotional science" (often thought of as a contradiction in terms).
Water is everywhere - we are water, mostly. Without water there is nothing. Nichols mentions comments made from space, by the Apollo 17 astronauts, referring to OUR earth as the tiny blue planet - far away it looks like a blue marble. Nichols started giving blue marbles to people, showing his gratitude for people mindful of the value of clean water. He encourages people that are mindful of clean water to pass on a blue marble to others that also are mindful of the value of clean water. There are now millions of blue marbles in circulation reminding people of protecting what they love - our precious, life sustaining, God given natural resource - CLEAN WATER - PASS IT ON!