Wash your hands is a Covid safety imperative. But there are millions of people without access to clean water. One in ten people in the world is denied access to clean water and one in four people out of ten don’t have a decent toilet of their own. Without these basic human rights, overcoming poverty is just a dream, as is good health and combating a deadly virus like Covid-19. International charity WaterAid has been working for a number of years to change this. Right now, that job is even more urgent and it has partnered with Don’t Panic on a new campaign, Bring Water.
The agency picked up the rainbow symbol, which has become part of the Covid community response, a sign of solidarity and belief that began in schools, and that now adorns streets, filling the windows of homes and the temporarily closed windows of restaurants and businesses across the planet. In the campaign film, You Can’t Have a Rainbow Without Water, real rainbows are documented across the globe.
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It was smart to take a common symbol of hope (the rainbow) to make a clear statement that without clean water, there is no hope.
In case you needed more proof that everything is connected to the Internet these days, here comes a product that measures the moisture in your plants’ soil and alerts you that it’s time to water. For $79, you get a PlantLink base monitoring station that hooks into your wi-fi router, plus one moisture sensor called a Link. Additional Links are $35 each.
Developed and sold by Oso Technologies, PlantLink can accommodate up to 64 sensors for both indoor and outdoor plants. You can even name your plants individually, adding a nice personal touch for inspiration in the care of your plants. According to CNET, it’s not a perfect product. It only measures moisture and contains no graphics to help identify plants. And it doesn’t tell you how much to water, when to fertilize or how much sunlight the plant needs. Still, it’s database covers almost 60,000 plants, and it does a good job of telling you via text and/or email when to water.
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Together with the growth in vegetable gardening, this product makes it easier to grow vegetables, nurture house plants and add a bit of greenery throughout your home. Importantly, this technology is another example of how the Internet continues to become entwined in our personal lives in perhaps unexpected but practical ways.