Did you know that today, (March 22nd) is world water day, and has been since 1993 when the UN proclaimed it as such in order to spread the word about the water shortage the world is facing. The public is encouraged to forget their water bottles, and instead use the tap in order to quench their thirst.There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet currently and that number is said to increase another 2 billion by 2050 according to the offcial UN Water Day website. ” By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions. The lack of water limits farmers’ ability to produce enough food to eat or earn a living.” These areas are already struggling to feed and provide enough water to it’s citizens and their populations continue to skyrocket.
Here is a video provided by the UN that provides an overview of the campaign they are trying to share with the public.
Each year, World Water Day has a new campaign focus. The focus for 2012 is, “2012: Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry.”
The campaign includes:
- Worldwide events
- Social media campaign
- A message from the Secretary-General
- And various other Campaign Materials
We cannot beat the fight against hunger without protecting the resource that allows us to grow that nutritious food that is necessary for survival. One in eight people will wake up today unable to secure even one glass of clean water.
Water.org provides us with a way to make monetary donations in order to give communities clean water. Matt Damon is a spokesperson for their campaign.
The UN campaign provides us with things we can do on World Water Day to help the cause:
- follow a healthier, sustainable diet;
- consume less water-intensive products;
- reduce the scandalous food wastage: 30% of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitively lost!
- produce more food, of better quality, with
So pour a class of tap water and help me celebrate this sacred and scarce resource! I personally take H2O for granted and I am proud to celebrate saving it! I challenge you to do the same.