Recently, I re-shared this photo on Facebook:
I received some backlash from friends about it, emphasizing the need for ALS to receive charitable funding and that I shouldn’t be promoting one charity as more deserving of funding than another.
I can see how this could be the perception given from this photo, but in fact it is a statement of statistics – open to interpretation.
First, I would like to state that ALS is a shockingly horrifying disease that strips the sufferer of all dignity and causes extreme hardship on the families of those affected by it. It DOES deserve funding and a cure! Never have I begrudged the donations being made to research into the disease. For more information on ALS or to make a donation, go to https://www.als.ca/.
The reason I posted this image was because it provided an opportunity to raise global mindfulness.
When is the last time you flushed your toilet and thought “I just defecated into 3.5 gallons of fresh, clean drinking water”? If the answer isn’t “all the time”, then that is why I posted this photo. The argument can be made that because of our plumbing, we can’t choose to exclusively have dirty water go to our toilets, but much like my reasons for posting the image, that is not the point. The point is awareness. We should be conscious of the impact our actions have on the planet. We need to think about what we are doing as we do it!