World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 of each year and its main objective is to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of the planet’s water resources, a vital element for the life of all species on Earth.
With the celebration of this event, it is intended to publicize the world water crisis and the problems faced by millions of people who do not have access to a drinking water supply, as well as the urgent measures that must be taken in this regard.
Origin of World Water Day
World Water Day was proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1992. That year, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. From there came the proposal, with 1993 being the first year of commemoration.
Later there were other mentions such as the International Year of Cooperation in the Water Sphere 2013 it’s him Decade “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028. All this reinforces the UN’s idea that water is essential for development and world peace.
Water is a natural resource made up of hydrogen and oxygen molecules, essential for life. It is a good considered as the planet liquid gold and this allows all terrestrial species to continue growing and developing every day.
Hence the importance of avoiding waste. It is a limited resource, in which greater awareness is needed for its preservation, because if one day it becomes scarce, it would bring irreversible consequences for humanity.
Theme 2023: Be the Change
In celebrating this event, a motto or central theme is chosen annually. The theme of World Water Day 2023 is: “Accelerate change” with a call to action for society: “It’s the change”. It is about highlighting the urgent need to accelerate changes to ensure that water reaches every corner of the planet, even the poorest.
A global campaign was created to encourage people to take action to change the way they use water. with the motto “Be the change you want to see in the world” responsibility for water management is transferred to each of us.
Facts about Water
On the occasion of the celebration of this event, we present below some curiosities and curiosities about water. It is vitally important to be aware of this issue:
- It is estimated that more than 2 billion people around the world do not have direct access to safe drinking water sources.
- It is estimated that around 4,500 million people lack a safe sanitation system for safe drinking water, contributing to the spread of disease.
- Since 2010, the United Nations has recognized water as a human right.
- Every year, 3.5 million people die from water-related illnesses.
- 97% of water is found in the oceans.
- 2.5% of the planet’s water is fresh and comes from groundwater. However, not everything is suitable for human consumption, as much of it is frozen in glaciers.
- Around 700 children die every day around the world due to diarrhea related to water scarcity or lack of sanitation.
- Pool water can be reused to clean floors, stairs and common areas.
- Water is the main chemical component of the human body, which is equivalent to between 50 and 70% of the body weight of an adult person.
- It is predicted that within two decades the demand for water worldwide will increase by more than 50%.
- Taking a shower for 5 minutes uses between 95 and 190 liters of water.
- In gardens and green areas, it is recommended to use ornamental elements resistant to drought, such as stones, gravel or bark. Also, use irrigation systems such as drip or micro sprinklers.
- 80% of wastewater for human consumption is released without adequate treatment, contaminating rivers and seas.
- Some substances such as pesticides and nitrates compromise the quality of groundwater.
- Climate change causes destruction, pollution and drought in natural water sources.
- According to UN data, only 60% of the world’s population has access to a basic handwashing facility.
- 90% of the planet’s water resources are found in Antarctica.
- Around 4 billion people lack access to basic services such as latrines and toilets.
- When a person feels thirsty it is because he has lost more than 1% of the total body water.
- Approximately 40% of the water used for irrigation comes from aquifers.
How can we save water?
All of us can support and commit to the conservation of this precious liquid. We show some basic recommendations for taking care of water. It’s in our hands to preserve the environment, you can make a difference!
- Check pipes and water access switches in order to detect possible leaks and leaks.
- It uses a water control system in the bathroom. You can place a brick or a bottle of sand in the cistern or tank.
- Turn off the faucet while soaping your hands, shaving or brushing your teeth.
- Use a moderate amount of water to wash your dishes and car. Use leftover soapy water for household cleaning.
- Water the plants or lawn in the morning, using only the amount needed.
- Take short showers. Turn off the faucet while soaping and collect excess water in a bucket when turning on the faucet. You can reuse it to water the plants.
- Avoid using electrical appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers to wash small amounts of clothes or dishes.
- Do not put polluting products, waste or oil in the toilet bowl, dishwasher or sink. Apply this advice if you go to the beach, lake or river.
- By cleaning the fish tanks, the water can be reused to water the plants.
How to celebrate World Water Day?
World Water Day is an opportune date for all of us, individually or collectively, to start, starting today, to care for, value and ration the water we use in our multiple daily activities.
There’s a lot we can do in our home, community or any area where we don’t develop. Let us begin by educating our children so that they are the guardians and protectors of waterfrom which they will benefit in the future, if they learn to care for it and ration it in the right way.
Our contribution is also essential. Therefore, we invite you to make known through the different social networks with an opinion, idea or suggestion on this interesting topic.
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