World Water Day was on Sunday March 22nd, 2015. I had scheduled this post to go live then but it did not so I wanted to go ahead and say a few additional things and to publicly apologize for not having it run on time.
For World Water Day we worked on a new water conservation plan around our house. We are trying to conserve the safe water that we have so that it might be used for others. This means that we are doing things like turning off the water when not rinsing the dishes or when brushing our teeth. We also use energy efficient appliances and try to keep showers as quick as possible. Plus we avoid taking baths when we can.
Did you know that today there are over 748 million people who do not have access to clean water? That is more than two and a half times the population of the United States that is without clean or safe drinking water. In 1993 the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22nd to be World Water Day. This was done to help address the crisis and to acknowledge the water’s essential presence on the earth.
So you probably want to know how you can help. You can take part in World Water Day each year. This special day allows us all to make a real difference for those who are suffering with these types of water related issues.
Many people do not realize how much of an impact water can have on different things. In fact water is one of the foundations of most things that most of us believe that we need to survive in society. For sustainable development water is needed for health, climate, industry, equity, and more. This short slide show will tell you all about the different ways that water integrates with these things.
World Vision has signed on to help bring light to World Water Day and to raise awareness about the need for clean, safe drinking water around the world.
One scary statistic is the fact that each day almost 1600 children under the age of 5 die from diarrhea. This can be caused from a number of things but the most common include improper hygiene, contaminated water, and poor sanitation. More than half of these deaths could easily be prevented with proper hygiene, clean water, and basic sanitation.
Researchers have found that almost 80% of childhood illness and disease could be prevented with these basic things as well! Can you imagine the difference that clean water could make to the children of the world?
World Vision has been around since the 1960s with is goal to provide clean water and sanitation for millions of children and families throughout the world. World Vision has helped people in over 100 countries around the globe.
The theme for World Water Day 2015 was “Water and Sustainable Development”. The goal is to look at how water could interact with the different areas of life that are needed to thrive in the future. There are many messages that World Vision is bringing to the children of the world so that they can have a better life. Here are just a few of these:
**Hand Washing — World Vision is helping to educate the people from around the world as to the importance of hand washing.
**Sustainable Farming and Management of Agriculture — To have the right type of ecosystems you need to teach people sustainable farming practices and the proper management of agriculture.
**Urban Water and Sewage Program — World Vision has been working to help bring bathrooms and sewage systems to the people of the world through their Urban Water and Sewage Program.
**Natural Energy and Water — World Vision has brought solar panels to pump clean water into the households through pipes that are in the ground. Solar power helps with being able to power things without wasting any of the water.
**Drip Irrigation System — A drip irrigation system can help you to have sustainable agriculture practices through food production. This helps people to be able to get the food that they need.
So if you are interested in helping World Vision to get water to those in need there are a few things that you can do.
1. You can talk about the message of World Water Day and you can plan your own World Water Day for 2016.
2. You can subscribe to World Vision’s mailing list.
So get involved and help bring clean water to all of the people of the world.