New Years Party at The Ghost Room

I write to you with a humble and grateful heart.  Our campaign closed on Christmas, and we officially raised $5,411 for students across the world!  Students will now have clean water, bathrooms, and places to wash their hands because of your efforts.  You all have done an incredible job this semester.

Imagine this: our organization didn’t exist at the beginning of the semester, and in a few months we have raised an incredible amount of money.

To everyone who showed up at meetings, donated their money, donated their time, organized events, came to events, supported events, stopped at the table, signed our mailing list, expressed interest, prayed for us, or encouraged us – thank you.  I don’t even know how to express in words the overflowing amount of gratitude I have for each and every one of you.

We ended the semester with a benefit concert organized by the amazing Martan Roca.  Thanks to Tom. Foler, Kat Maley, and The Sound of Substance for playing!

What is Water?

Technically it is a chemical substance with the chemical formula H2O.  It contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms connected by covalent bonds.  It is essential to all human life, and it covers 70% of the earth’s surface.

To Americans, water is something that we don’t think twice about.  When we want some, we turn handles and it pours out.  Shower heads, sink faucets, fountains, bottles – it is accessible all the time.  We don’t question whether or not the water we drink will kill us.  We assume that the liquid consumed after we complete strenuous exercise or to satisfy our dry mouths or to fill our nalgenes will be safe.

This is a blessing.

But to 12% of the world, water is something that destroys lives.  When they want some they have to walk up to 8 miles to retrieve water that may not be sanitary, and they risk being raped on their journey.  To them, it is something that kills children and causes dysentery, diarrhea, and other illnesses.

We are working to erase this divide.  We are working so that the 12% of the world that is currently without clean water and adequate sanitation will have easy access to water and adequate sanitation that will satisfy their needs without threatening their health.

This semester, Students for Clean Water at UT is working to raise $20,000 to give a school in a developing country clean water and adequate sanitation for the first time.

Join us in bringing hope to a hurting world by making a donation to our campaign:

BPA: Good or Bad for You?

BPA Free is a term that is thrown around a lot in the world of drink bottle. Most people have no idea what it means. It must be bad, is it really? I mean if people are promoting it not being in there product, it must be good!

Let’s dive into the whole “BPA Free” equation a little further and look for the facts.

BPA Free – What are we talking about here?

Firstly let’s have a look at “BPA”. BPA is a carbon based synthetic compound. It is basically a colorless solid that is soluble in organic solvents, but poorly soluble in water. BPA has been around since 1957.

BPA is used in production of water bottles and other plastic consumer items. Other items include sporting goods, dvd’s, and cd’s. Certain resins containing BPA are also used to line water pipes and act as coating for beverage cans. BPA is also found in the making of common thermals papers finding it’s way into typical sales receipts.

As with any health or health issues there are many conflicting points of view. This BPA free scenario originally became a concern from a FDA report that identified possible risks to fetuses, infants and young children. Pretty heavy when we consider this in our water bottles that we use every day of our lives. OK, so BPA is ok at very small levels, but really do we want to consume something that is only ok at small levels. Let’s just get rid of it out of our life altogether.

In July 2014 the FDA updated it’s view, stating that “BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods”???? This apparently was based on a further two in depth studies in early 2014!

Ok, so now the Europeans look into the importance of the “BPA Free” debate a little more in-depth.

Further studies by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded differently. Studies done from 2008 – 2015 basically confirmed that EFSA experts could not identify any new evidence to change their minds. They concluded that current levels of BPA exposure in the market is safe. They also said that they will further in the BPA Free matter as there are some uncertainties.

BPA was discovered in 1891 by a Russian scientist of the name Aleksandr Dianin. It wasn’t until 1997 that studies produced any sort of negative effect of BPA in the human body. As with most reactions, they are more severe in babies and young children. In 1997 lab tests starting showing side effects from low dosage on laboratory animals.

A general conclusion is that BPA Free products are important for the young and developing. But what about us adults??

There are whole host of negative health effects from ingesting BPA, but is not just our drink bottles that are a concern. Many food packaging items contain BPA and this should be stopped. Some baby books contain it, therefore if a baby chews on the corner, they ingest it.

BPA Free water bottles are a start for society, but there is a long way to go. If you want the best for your health, only ever choose BPA Free products. There is not enough solid evidence of the current BPA levels. But there is enough to suggest us to stay clear of it.

Make sure all of the water bottles in your home are BPA Free, especially your children’s bottles. I mean why not go BPA free when you have a choice?

Let me know how you go and what bottle you choose! and make sure you keep drinking H2O!

First Meeting – Students for Clean Water

Students for Clean Water is a student organization at the University of Texas at Austin dedicated to ending the world’s water crisis

The first Students for Clean Water meeting at UT will be this Thursday night from 7-8pm in Parlin 101. Come to hear about how you can get involved in solving the world’s water crisis!

Our first meeting went incredibly well. Thanks to all who came out to learn how to be a part of what we are doing on campus!  It all started with our table. Thanks to all of you who stopped by and listened to what we had to say.

20 people showed up to contribute ideas on how we are going to raise $20,000 and we wrote letters to our senators.

John Coryn and Kay Biley Hutcehson, in approximately 3-5 days you will be learning about why we think you should care about the world water crisis.

Thanks to Jon Quitty for the following graphic.  Feel free to make it your profile picture and share it with everyone you can.

Can’t wait to see you on Thursday night in Parlin 101 from 7-8pm!  Also, be looking for us on campus this week.  Gabby Gonzalez wanted to use her love for cooking to raise money, so come buy some of her baked goods so that people can drink clean water!

Love you all more than life itself.