World Water Day (22 March 2007)
World Water Day, today, is a little-remarked event but concerns an absolutely vital aspect of life. Wherever we live, and whatever we do, we can’t be without water. This is an opportunity to pause and take a check (should we say, a ‘raincheck’?) on how we view this most critical commodity, and on what we can do to help.
Coping With Water Scarcity is the theme of World Water Day 2007. There can be few themes as important as this.
World Water Day as an initiative grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) ‘Earth Summit’ in Rio de Janeiro.
Marking the day
One interesting idea about how to mark WWD 2007 has been to send an e-card, with a choice of pictures and stamps. This helps to spread the word that we all need to think carefully about water and what it means for everyone. Other years have seen initiatives such as the Celebrating Water for Life booklet, published on the internet in 2005.
Central and critical
To those of us in Western Europe and North
America water is a commodity which seems to amount to a right. We know there are issues about water and sustainability, but we never really doubt it will be there for us.
In other parts of the world there is neither enough water for health and hygiene, nor any acceptable way to get access to it; I was shocked recently to read that in some parts of the world the fetching and carrying of water is a task undertaken by young girls, daily walking many miles, who thereby miss out on huge chunks of their schooling.
Take action to help
I have mentioned before that WaterAid is a charity set up simply to get clean water to people who desperately need it. Supporting this focused and straightforward objective [here] is something we can do any day, not just on World Water Day.
See also: Water, Water…