British news outlet says take the ‘no-shower challenge’

By |2016-06-16T20:29:57+00:00June 16th, 2016|Environment|11 Comments

The Guardian, Britain’s wildly anti-fossil fuel news site, floated the idea on Tuesday of taking the “no-shower challenge” as a way to alleviate water shortages and heal environmental degradation.

“Reducing the frequency of showers (and the number of cleansing products used) has very real implications for our environment,” The Guardian’s Madeleine Somerville wrote. “The average shower lasts seven minutes and uses 65 litres of water.”

“The vital importance of clean water is becoming harder and harder to ignore, as California enters another summer gripped by drought,” she added. “It’s becoming clear that clean water is one of the world’s most valuable commodities, and one that will soon be in short supply. Add in the environmental toll of all those body wash bottles, and you’ve got yourself a handful of very compelling reasons to let your body go au naturel.”

Somerville’s concerns may be unfounded as it turns out.

Recent research done by British author and global warming skeptic, Andrew Montford, and published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, shows that droughts are not more prevalent now than they every have been.

“Evidence that droughts have become more prevalent on a global scale is equally hard to come by,” Montford wrote in a report published in April. Montford’s report is not an outlier, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations’ climate branch, has slowly back peddled on previous claims of droughts and parched earth environmental destruction.

In 2013, the IPCC stated that “[c]onfidence is low for a global-scale observed trend in drought or dryness (lack of rainfall) since the middle of the 20th century, owing to lack of direct observations, methodological uncertainties and geographical inconsistencies in the trends.”

Somerville notes other reasons for cutting out showering, if the drought argument doesn’t fit your fancy, including restoring your body’s natural bacterial enzymes, rather than washing them down the drain.

“If this whole thing is giving you the heebie-jeebies as you recall the last time you were pressed cheek to jowl with those who evidently already skimp on the showers – and have clearly not reached the hallowed scent-free stage yet,” she added, then “relax.”

Apparently the “no-shower challenge” does not mean going without deodorant.

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  1. Ian5 June 17, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    The over-riding message in the Madeleine Somerville article is right on the money. Make-believe journalist Chris White hasn’t done his homework. Water is an increasingly valuable resource and is under pressure in many parts of the world through population growth, economic development and climate change. Taking personal responsibility to reduce water consumption as suggested in the article reduces costs, makes more water available for other uses (including economic development), and has no negative impact on the North American standard of living.

    • Brin Jenkins June 18, 2016 at 11:26 AM

      Then where it is in short supply let them deal with it! In the UK it is not in short supply only the infrastructure is overloaded by uninvited and illegal immigration. There seems to be an easy solution here.

      • Ian5 June 18, 2016 at 12:03 PM

        Reducing water consumption now helps protect the wildlife that lives in rivers and wetlands, reduces the energy needed for treating and pumping water around, and helps ensure the water supply is there for future generations. Depending on your rate structure it also might save you money.

        • Brin Jenkins June 19, 2016 at 12:13 PM

          Easy to make the statement but not altogether true. At St Ives in Cornwall the old gravity system run by the local town was closed down and replaced by the Water Authority by their energy driven and more profitable network. Whilst doing this the old way was destroyed so let will never be used again.

      • ninetyninepct June 28, 2016 at 11:34 AM

        Don’t reduce water use – reduce immigration. Easy.

  2. Drtender June 18, 2016 at 3:43 AM

    At least we can smell the warmists from far

  3. Duke Silver June 18, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    I’m a GW skeptic, lukewarmist at best, but I see no reason to not attempt to drop the water usage by 25% or so. It’s scary how much the average American household uses.
    And, I’m in new England which has absolutely NO water shortage.
    Not sure I’m a fan of missing more than a shower every other day….. but there are many easier, more palatable ways to lower water use. Drop the grass watering….. 3 minute showers…. wear pants 2 or 3 days before washing ….. hand wash your dishes…. The list could go on for quite a while.

    • Sam Pyeatte June 18, 2016 at 5:27 PM

      I like long, hot daily showers, but that’s just me…

      • Duke Silver June 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM

        You need em.

        • ninetyninepct June 28, 2016 at 11:33 AM

          The first thing that comes to mind is how do you know? 🙂

  4. Sam Pyeatte June 18, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    I thought the British already did that…or was that the French?

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