World Water Day 2017
Water is a key resource to sustain life on Earth, and the annual World Water Day, which takes place on March 22 each year, is a reminder that some of us take clean, safe, drinkable water for granted. The day an attempt to urge people to help tackle the global water crisis, in which 1.8 billion people’s drinking water across the globe is contaminated.
Drinking unsafe water can put people at risk of contracting a range of diseases, like cholera and dysentery.
2017’s theme for World Water Day was wastewater, which is water that has been used in homes, businesses, industries and institutions. The campaign, ‘Why Waste Water’, focused on reducing and reusing wastewater. The aim was to raise global awareness for the need for better wastewater management, especially at the 1052 World Heritage sites located in 165 countries across the world.
Over 80 per cent of the worlds waste water is never used again, but according to the U.N, recycling water could help with water shortages across the globe. The water waste goes into the ecosystems, which it pollutes. But, with the correct treatment, the waste water could be recycled into ‘new’ water.
Less than three per cent of the world’s water is actually drinkable, highlighting the critical importance of recycling and reusing the water that is wasted on an every day basis. Most of the drinkable water is trapped in Antarctica and the Artic, and is therefore not usable.
There were numerous ways to get involved with World Water Day this year, including social projects and initiatives. The World Water Council also called on governments globally to contribute a part of their budget to projects that will help make safe water available to everyone on the planet.”
This included a call to action from Thunderclap, a crowd-speaking platform that allows people to give their social reach to ideas and causes that matter. The Thunderclap campaign focused on child water rights and called to influence governments to act and give clean water to all children by 2020.
Even though World Water Day has passed this year, you can still give to any of the numerous campaigns and initiatives working towards clean water and smarter water use.