Most of the readers of this blog are based in the United States, so I’m going to address a particularly American tradition for this coming blog post: Independence Day. For our international readers not in-the-know, July 4 is a day when Americans celebrate our Declaration of Independence from the British crown, and America’s history of independence in general. I’m not interested in getting political here, but I’d like to offer a new declaration of independence: freedom from showers. Listen, I love good hygiene and feeling clean just as much as anyone else, but I also love being able to survive, and as water becomes more scarce, sometimes we need to sacrifice the things we like to save the things that are really important. Therefore, I offer this declaration of independence from showers.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one person to give up the things he wants in exchange for the things humanity needs. For generations, human beings did not shower daily, and today, there is no biological need for daily showers.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that showering, even with a low-flow showerhead, uses at least 15 gallons of water every ten minutes. As the Colorado River is the most threatened river in the world, as Mono Lake water levels continue to deplete, as the Delta Smelt faces loss of habitat, and as the Owens Lake is now little more than a dry lakebed, the time has come to save water as much as possible. Thus, with an eye to the future, we give up our showers today.
While the rush of water can be a welcome wake-up first thing in the morning, we can find other ways to wake ourselves up, including a nice, hot cup of coffee or tea, a light workout, or even a quick splash of cold water to the face over the sink.
While cleanliness is important, few people sweat so much that showering is necessary every single day. We will shower every other day, or even less, and understand that our bodies are complicated machines capable of keeping clean without extensive water waste.
With this declaration, we therefore declare that daily showers are unnecessary and wasteful, and we will reduce our water usage by reducing our showers.
Signed this 1 day of July, 2014.