Water Conservation and Green Stormwater Management
Without water, human life would be impossible. Not only are our bodies mostly water—between 55 to 80 percent—but we need water every day to survive. We need clean water to drink. We need it to produce food. And we need it because without healthy natural systems that rely on water forests, wetlands and cropland waterways, our economy could not survive and the earth could not support us. Already, droughts in many parts of the U.S. are teaching us just how important water is.
Labor unions are organizations for employees. They are designed to speak up for workers rights and to represent workers in negotiations with employers. Often, these negotiations are over issues like how much workers get paid and what hours they work.
There can be many benefits to having a job in which you are represented by a union. For example, union workers usually make more money and get more in benefits than non-union workers.
Getting food from farms to our tables has a big effect on the environment. In fact, food production eats up 10 percent of all the energy used in the U.S. and a big portion of our fresh water, too. Most food in the U.S. is farmed and manufactured in ways that cause serious environmental problems. But sustainable farming and food production, which is good for people and the planet, are helping change that as well.
The health of our environment depends a lot on the decisions that governments and companies make. So does our own health, because pollution can make us sick. Often, these decisions are made with the help of scientists, economists, planners and policy experts; ones who specialize in understanding and protecting our environment.