Did you know that one in every ten people lacks sufficient access to water, and one in every three people lacks access to sufficient sanitization? This results in a steady 1.5 million children who die from lack of clean water and safe sanitation every year. While these might seem like extreme statistics, they are very real.
Now, I’m not saying you need to drop everything volunteer for one of the organizations that promote safe, conservative use of our water resources and find ways to clean up the world’s water, although contributing a little bit of your time to this very serious epidemic is very welcome. All I’m saying that people should be aware of the state of water in the world.
World Water Day
As a part of this awareness, every year I encourage people to participate in World Water Day on March 22. World Water Day was formally created in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Observance officially began the next year. I’ve been celebrating it since it began. It’s impossible to stay healthy when the only water you have access to isn’t clean. Water is one of the most important resources that we have on this earth and it’s important to keep it clean, usable, and expand its accessibility.
Ways to Celebrate World Water Day
Although World Water Day has been around for a while, you might not know enough about it to know how to best celebrate it, but there are plenty of acceptable ways to shine light on this issue.
Look at the United Nations Website
The United Nations website has links to events and organizations worldwide that you can get involved with for a day and make a difference.
Know the Facts and Share
World Water Day is about awareness more than anything. Learn the facts at Water.org and share them with a few people.
Conserve Water in Your Home
There are lots of ways to save water in your home, whether you choose to take some things off this list or come up with your own.
Limit Water Access
You can do this in observance of World Water Day, or all of the time. No matter what, having clean water conservation at the forefront of your mind means everyone wins. Even a single day without unlimited water access can be enough to show you a fraction of what it’s like to go without clean water.
Water conservation can be something we all participate in and it doesn’t have to mean huge life changes. Just make sure that you’re thinking before you use clean water and remember that there are people out there without it.