Today, March 22nd 2019, is World Water Day.
What is World Water Day?
World Water Day is an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. It’s celebrated around the world with a variety of events; this years theme is ‘Leaving No One Behind.’ This World Water Day is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are left behind, people that do not have access to fresh water.
- 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home.
- One in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty.
- More than 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.
- Globally, 80% of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in rural areas.
- Women and girls are responsible for water collection in eight out of ten households with water off-premises.
- For the 68.5 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, accessing safe water services is highly problematic.
- Around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, such as ponds and streams.
- Around 4 billion people – nearly two-thirds of the world’s population – experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year.
- Over 800 women die every day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
- 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.
Print off our Rain Drop (link found at bottom) and write down ways you can help conserve water or ways to get water to those in need.
Here are some ideas to get your started:
- Donate to [water] organizations such as water.org, unicef, Charity Water, thewaterproject.org, the Red Cross, Water is Life, and many more
- Volunteer to help construct wells in effected areas
- Joint the Water Challenge at the Water Project
- Show support on Social Media
- Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth
- Use a single glass for a day, or a refillable water bottle
- Take a short shower instead of a bath
I cannot wait to see what else you guys come up with!
Statistics gathered from https://www.worldwaterday.org