Are you still using plastic water bottles? A common misconception is that bottled water is healthier for us than tap water. Did you know that tap water is actually more heavily regulated in the United States than bottled water is? The Environmental Protection Agency regulates tap water over 400 times a month; they are mandated under the Clean Water Act to do so. However, privately owned companies like Nestle and PepsiCo, the two corporations that own a majority of the bottled water industry, are not required by the government to meet federal standards. Why do we need to stop? Bottled water consumption in the U.S is through the roof; Americans alone use 50 billion plastic water bottles annually. With a recycling rate of only 23%, this means our nation alone wastes 38 billion water bottles a year. The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes. The amount of petroleum used to manufacture plastic bottles for America for just one year is enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for an entire year, 17 million barrels of oil. Along with the tremendous amount of energy and fossil fuel consumption it takes to produce this many plastic bottles, our planet suffers. The 38 billion bottles of water that do not get recycled each year end up in either a landfill or in our oceans. According to National Geographic News, eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans each year, harming all forms of wildlife. Where we spend our money sends a huge message. Let us be mindful of the products we use and where they end up after we are done using them. Invest in a reusable water bottle and avoid using plastic plates, cups, cutlery and straws whenever you can. Anjum Kaur serves on Misl Council for the Bay Area and also studies Environmental Studies at San Jose State University.read moreThe Sikh Nation is mobilizing. All around the world, its eyes are turning towards Punjab. A new generation of community organizers and activists are mobilizing to spread word of recent events in Punjab. Corrupt governments are not new to the Sikhs. Even Guru Nanak described the head of governments of his age as being mere "butchers" and their officials as "dogs" eager to prey upon the righteous. Dark days lie ahead, but so long as the guiding light of the Guru and the desire to hold the Qaum's dignity are at the forefront, then the Khalsa will indeed rule. The following is a primer for all those interested in understanding the events. Please share widely.read more
Upon this plate, three things have been placed: Truth, Contentment, and Contemplation. Guru Arjan laid out the values that should guide Sikhs in understanding the history and spirit enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib, so that we may carry out a permanent social revolution.
Join us as we explore the Guru Granth Sahib: History of the Sikh Soul.
After this discussion, we will get to bond with our peers and sing our hearts out with some Karaoke!
For more information, feel free to contact the Southern California Community Organizer, Amrit Kaur, at email@example.com or (916) 690-3185.
The first Wednesday of every month we will all come together and turn our ideas into reality. If you're interested in helping with a project like a kids camp or hosting an event like a movie or sports night then come out and we can make it happen together. After the meeting we will can have a picnic, play some sports, or just watch the sunset. Ultimately this is your time with your fellow misl members to decide on what you want to do in the upcoming month.