Look guys, I know the challenge is for a good cause but if you live in California please don’t do it! We’re in the middle of a serious drought and all the water that you use, counts! The water you use for the challenge including the ice, is contributing to this emergency level drought! If you really feel the need to do the challenge, change it so it won’t affect our water usage! Cram a shit ton of ice cream in your mouth if you have to but PLEASE stop doing the challenge if you live in California! Spread the word! Here are some links to educate yourself. A serious one: http://nationalreport.net/ice-bucket-challenge-contributing-california-drought/
A funny yet logical one:
This is a damn good point. If you live in California maybe wait till the drought is over before you do it.
A-ahem… okay, I’m not a lawyer, but still, here goes.
Hate to break it to you, but the National Report is a satirical website. But even knowing that, you could easily determine everything was false.
First off, let’s look at the map provided:
It’s comparing October, 2011 to August, 2014. Do they not realize how flawed that comparison is? Or are they intentionally misleading people? For one, they’re different seasons. Two, they’re different years. Three, it doesn’t actually illustrate the change from when the ice bucket challenge started to now.
Then, let’s look at the usage estimate… It claims we’re using thirty three million gallons a DAY? In California ALONE? Let’s look at the population of California, 38.04 million, as Google states. Let’s say the average person wastes 10 gallons per bucket— a HUGE over estimate, but for argument’s sake, let’s say they are. That means 3.3 million Californians are taking part in it. That means in ten days, everyone in the entire state will have participated. Now, let’s break it down to a more reasonable estimate— 5 gallons a day. That means 6.6 million Californians are taking part in it. Really? One sixth of the entire population is doing the ice bucket challenge a day?
Now, I’m not going to say that it doesn’t waste water, because it does, but it is no where near that level of waste! It still falls behind long showers, people playing in sprinklers/home pools, and a HUGE, completely unnecessary threat— maintaining lawns. I think, to go after a silly craze like this, one that raises money for ALS (something not even mentioned in the article; People just act like it’s just a challenge for people to do)!
But fortunately, here is a solution posed by the Watershed Conservation Authority:
On September 1, Labor Day, WCA is challenging One Million Californians to gather at the Folsom Lake Reservoir and simultaneously douse themselves with iced water buckets, letting the water fill into the lake. “It’s a win-win situation,” a spokesperson for WCA said, “they can accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while helping to solve the state’s water shortage crisis.
So don’t contribute to this spread of false information! But DO participate in the September 1st ALS/Folsom Lake challenge, if you’re going to participate at all!