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Our Water By Numbers Tshirt Inspires

It began with a T-shirt. A T-shirt he found on Twitter, no less. Jeffrey Stark had never given much thought to the importance of clean water until he saw the blue T-shirt on a friend’s feed. It had chalk white silhouettes of men, women, children and the continent of Africa. Inside each silhouette was a number, and the number corresponded without a fact about water. more

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Let Us Illustrate This Problem for You


Our Parent company The Chopping Block, has been working closely with Climate Central to help illustrate the actual data they get back from NASA and the US Navy on climate change. Climate Central is a nonprofit science and media organization created to provide clear and objective information about climate change and its potential risks. The illustrations are an attempt at showing the raw data in an entirely apolitical way that is easy for the average person to understand. The issue of climate change is a complex one and we hope that these illustrations can help people focus on the data, because climate change like any other science should be based upon data and not opinion.


Above is an attempt to speak in volumes??? It is difficult to speak to people in metric tons, so we try to convey the amounts in terms people are familiar with. Here we illustrate how the amount of ice lost in Alaska over 3 years would be enough to cover the states of CT, VT, ME, NJ, MD, NH, MA, RI and about 90% of NY in about 3 feet of ice. See also a similar treatment of Greenland Ice Loss.


Another way of looking at how the Arctic ice is thinning over 25 years. This time we are also showing the actual distribution of thicknesses over the region. Here the data on Autumn levels are shown and an additional illustration of these thicknesses is also available for Winter data on the Climate Central website.


Perhaps the most shocking data set is this illustration of how much ice is actually shedding off the coast of Greenland. The two front bergs represent the actual tonnage of bergs that were dislodged from the Greenland land mass. Only 7 billion in a TEN year period from 92-02 and 177 billion in only THREE years from 04-07. Hard to argue with those numbers??? though people will.

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Water By Numbers: Raising Funds and Water Access Awareness

All profits from the sale of this tee are donated to WellDone. A water awareness and access non-profit, working to bring clean drinking water to communities lacking access, and to drive global awareness and action in the fight against water scarcity. To learn more about WellDone or get involved, visit WellDone.org.

The design itself includes 27 icons relating to modern issues surrounding water access in the developing world. Each of these icons is also numbered and corresponds to a specific statistic. The key to all these numbers is printed on the inside of the back of the tee and is shown in the image above.

Thanks also goes out to Quist Industries for donating all the printing. Quist does a large amount of Chop Shop’s printing and is always top notch. They are like the Apple Computers of tshirt screen printing. Check out their site at quistindustries.com, which also happens to be a The Chopping Block production.

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