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.
To add a little perspective here, bear in mind that NationalReport.net is a satirical site (like The Onion). That article, far from being serious, is making a joke comparing the supposed drought level from 2011 to a picture of the drought level now, and attributing the change entirely to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. That was obviously a joke—especially since we’ve known that the drought California is currently experiencing has been coming for quite some time. We’ve known since last winter we were going to have a drought this summer, because summer droughts are the direct result of Autumn/Winter rainfall. If we have a dry winter (which we did last year), we’re going to have a super dry summer. This year is a particularly bad one (like the one we had in the early 90s), but that’s how it goes sometimes. It’s something that comes with living in California—and living in a world that’s slowly getting warmer.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a highly visible use of water, so it seems like it must be an enormous waste, but, comparatively speaking, it’s not that bad. First of all, you can always use the water (e.g. stand over plants that need to be watered—doing so at night is best), or use used water (e.g. pool water). Second, there’s always a clever way to get out of it (Patrick Stewart’s video is one of my favorites). But finally, if we really wanted to save water, the following would make a MUCH bigger impact:
- Water plants and lawns less, and water them at night.
- Stop washing cars.
- Take shorter—and fewer—showers.
- Do less laundry, and use water-efficient washing machines.
Someone doing an ice bucket challenge once over asphalt—even with a particularly large bucket—is so much less of a waste of water than washing a car once. A single shower wastes gallons of water. Californians know this (or should). When asked to use less water, these are always the main areas of concern (see here and here on the California drought website, which also has other water saving tips).
So be cool. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is not destroying the state of California. And if you live here, regardless of the challenge, be sure to follow the state’s water saving tips—especially when it comes to landscaping, which is the biggest water waster. (Also, if no one washes their car, we’ll all have dirty cars, which will make me feel less shame about going anywhere in my car.)