Welcome to issue 17 of Green Kids where we hold our breaths and dive in to investigate water. We thought there was plenty of water on our planet. After all, seas and oceans cover most of the worldʼs surface. But we canʼt drink sea water because itʼs too salty. So letʼs ﬁnd out about water conservation.
Contents: 3 How to save water 4 Pondlife game 6 Your letters 7 Colouring competition 8 Puzzles and jokes
Hi, my name is ʻH20ʼ but you can call me ʻHʼ. Iʼm going to tell you lots of useful and fascinating facts about water.
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As global warmin g increases we are more likel y to suffer long droughts in the su mmer months, especially in the South and East of the UK. M any millions of people in the d eveloping world do not have access to clean drinking w ater. In fact, 450 million peop le today face water shortages, but people in rich countries a re wasting it. We are used to tu rning on the tap and having fr esh, running water whenever we want it. Each person needs 80 litres of water per day for health and hygiene. The average Am erican uses 500 litres per da y.
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Less and less water is safe to drink, unless it is chemically treated because it has been polluted by oil spills, sewage, industrial waste and fertilizers. We need to start saving every drop in our taps, right now. If we used less we could stop damaging the environment and save money.
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Send us your letters, poems and pictures and you could win lots of delicious organic plants ready to put in your garden. We have a Childrenʼs Selection pack of organic plants to give away with lettuce, dwarf French beans, pumpkin, sweetcorn, strawberries and cherry tomatoes. There are 23 plants in the pack and they are available from Deﬂand Nurseries at www.organicplants.co.uk for £11.50. Write to us at the address on page 2 for your chance to win.