World Water Day 2015
This year’s theme is Water and Sustainable Development
Visit http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/ for more details.
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We spill it, drink it, bathe in it, cook with it, flush it, run it down the drain and the gutter, drench the lawn and wash the car with it.
While we waste perfectly good water and don’t give a second thought, the following statistics should be a sober wake-up call to all of us to be more respectful and conserving of this valuable resource. Water is truly the lifeblood of our precious earth.
- An astounding 1,400 children die every day from diseases linked to unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation.
- Roughly 75% of all industrial water withdrawals are used for energy production.
- There are 658 million people living without access to water in Africa.
- By 2035, the global energy demand is projected to grow by more than one-third.
- Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, which is 2,300 people per day.
- 750 million people lack access to clean water, which is over double the population of the United States.
- 82% of those who lack access to improved water live in rural areas.
The water crisis is the number one global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation) and the eighth global risk based on likelihood (likelihood of occurring within ten years), according to the World Economic Forum.
The UN says the planet is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030, unless the world dramatically improves the management of this precious resource.
This is the conclusion reached in the 2015 United Nations World Water Development Report, “Water for a Sustainable World” launched in New Delhi ahead of World Water Day on 22 March.
The theme of 2015 it’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.
Join the 2015 campaign to raise awareness of water and sanitation. You can also contribute on social media though the hashtags #WaterIs and #WorldWaterDay.
World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world every year, shining the spotlight on a different issue.
We invite you to do your own research and see how you can make a difference. Following is a link to a short video by the UN to get you started …