First, a plug! The Puru will be on faculty at the 2011 Nehirim Men's Retreat for queer/gay/bi/trans Jewish men & their admirers this weekend, March 25-27 at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. I'll be hosting the talent show, performing a Storahtelling Maven Saturday morning, teaching a performance workshop and--most relevantly--a text study called The Shadow and The Shit: Learning to Love Your Kishkas. Registration is still available! Tell 'em The Puru sent you.
HAPPY WORLD WATER DAY!
In 1993, the UN marked March 22 as World Water Day in order to "focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources." This year's theme, "Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge," was celebrated today with a main event in Cape Town and hundreds more around the world. A few that have caught my eye:
- Toilet Twinning is promoting a Twibbon--a small, badge-like icon that goes over your normal Twitter picture--and is tweeting all this week in the voice of Aria, a Burundian girl for whom clean water is hard to come by.
- Around noon today, I passed a parade of people shouldering blue water carriers branded "#waterless" up Broadway. Turns out, Levi's is promoting new, "waterless" jeans. It seems they've reduced the amount of H2O needed for manufacturing each pair and have partnered with Water.org to donate 200 million liters of the life-sustaining drink to those who need it most--but only if you play this Facebook game.
- Water isn't really free. Governments invest billions of dollars every year to build and maintain healthy water and wastewater infrastructure. So in thanks, why not give $1 back when the waiter fills your glass? UNICEF's The Tap Project allows you to do just that, quenching your thirst for both hydration and global water justice. Find a participating restaurant where you live, or donate to win bottled water filled from Taylor Swift's very own tap! Hilarious...
So go ahead. Pour yourself a cold one and raise a toast to a cleaner water future for all!
Drink responsibly, and peaceful pooping.
Shawn "The Puru" Shafner