World Water Day
What does water mean to you? Water means many things for people all around the world but unfortunately, this necessity is not accessible for everyone. Monday, March 22 is World Water Day, which celebrates water and raises awareness of the global water crisis. World Water Day 2021 is about what water means to people and understanding its true value as to how we can all better protect this resource. The core focus of this day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development whereby 2030 their goal is to obtain accessible water and sanitation for all. Water influences everyday practices from food, to education, health, infrastructure, and the integrity of our natural environment. It is important to understand the value of this resource and comprehend the importance of water. Each year the United Nations puts on a World Water Day event, featuring interactive discussion centred around this year’s theme, valuing water, as well as some special guests and keynote speakers like the General Directors of FAO and UNESCO, and even His Holiness Pope Francis. This event will highlight the UN World Water Development Report 2021 and examine the process of developing accessibility for water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Did you know that many people in Canada live without access to safe drinking water? There are 110 drinking water advisories in First Nations communities, where some have lived under these advisories for nearly 20 years. In 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to eliminate all long-term drinking water advisories on First Nations reserves by March of 2021. Unfortunately, this deadline is now, and we are still nowhere near achieving this goal. So, what can we do to help?
Send an Email: Write a letter to the Trudeau government asking for justice in Indigenous communities by ending water advisories.
Blue Communities: Promote public water and ban bottled water in municipal facilities to make your city or a town a “Blue Community”.
Reject Plastic Water Bottles: Use reusable water bottles and reduce your consumption of single-use plastic. Use companies like Cupanion who creates reusable drinkware that contributes to charities, such as WaterAid and DIGDEEP, to receive funding to build impactful infrastructure. Link attached below under Fill it Forward for more information on their initiatives.
Water means something to everyone, what does it mean to you? By valuing water, we can move toward accessible water and sanitation for all. World Water Day is the beginning of international affairs that can be changed for a brighter future. For more information, you can go to https://www.fillitforward.com/. With this in mind, Earth Day is next month on Thursday, April 22. What actions will you take for a more sustainable and accessible world?
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