Streakers ... one of those things I never really understood, but then again so many things I do not really get in this world. Like for exemple this stupid #IceBucketChallenge.
At first - even tho I thought it was dumb - I was dumb enought to believed that people had to do the challenge AND also give money to the ALS Association, but no, people actually do it to avoid donating ... so that was a 'good' start. Of course because we live in such a charitable world people (like the rich one who feel like it is ok to be irresponsable and charitable at the same time) are doing both things, looking stupid and donating money.
Looking stupid is not really the issue here as it is something most people do without any problem at any given time, nore is the amount of water wasted (even tho it kinda is) My issue to be honest with you is that it only shows that in a world with 783 million people without water access (only killing 3.4 million people each year) it is OK for the so-well-educated-spoiled-westerners that we are, to waste water.
The issue is not really the amount of water wasted ... but let's stay close to home on this one:
California is just going through one of its worst drought in history (and it won't be the last one) ... but who cares really as long as people can share on facebook their favorite videos of actors taking on the #IceBucketChallenge? After all the lack of water (and I am just talking about us spoiled west coast idiots) will raise the prices of fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, like who cares right? The beers prices may also go up (Oh I feel like maybe that can get the attention of a few ...) According to a study published in Nature, the frequency of earthquakes could increase, and we know that something like that has ZERO consequences right? This year’s wildfire season will extend for the entire year. Air quality in California might get worse. read more about those FUN facts here. The drought will ONLY cost $2.2. billion with a job loss of 17,100. (not so fun anymore ... but who cares? most people don't like their job anyway) the important thing is that Oprah, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg's jobs aren't going anywhere. I just hope they at least gave a million dollar each which would be like us giving $1. And maybe even match that to donation to water.org. Oh well at least Mark Zuckerberg is using his recycling blue bin if that is of any comfort ... #YAYplanet.
Imagine the #IceBucketChallenge in order to raise money and awareness to water.org ... how stupid and non-logical would that sound to you? Then why would this be any different for another cause?
So now to go back to our poor streaker above who got arrested over the weekend in San Francisco for safely running naked on a field I think people should take on the #StreakerChallenge to 'avoid' donating to charity ... or to do both. The thing is that you will get arrested because running naked is indecent (unlike legally wasting water for fun).
But at least running naked won't makes us all look like idiots who do not care about one of the worst world issues, it would just makes us look like idiots and I am fine with that because after all that's what we really are.
The good news may be that among those 783 million people without water access (mostly children) I am pretty sure they also lack access to internet, so they won't have to see us wasting what could have saved their lives :-) #facebook.