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World Water Day 2019 – Leaving no one behind

World Water Day 2019 – Leaving no one behind

World Water Day (WWD) is a day to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of freshwater, as well as advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Origin

World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22nd March. A day close to when the annual World Water Development Report is released by the United Nations (UN). The UN first commemorated World Water Day in 1993 and since then more and more countries have celebrated WWD each year.

World Water Day Logo (Source: UN World Water Day)

Awareness

The focus of World Water Day is on freshwater and freshwater resources. Celebrated around the world, WWD often inspires a variety of events. Common events are those that are educational, theatrical, musical or lobbying in nature. In addition to this, the day also includes campaigns to raise money for water projects and water organisations.

World Water Day is a day to remind us of the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of resources. In particular the billions of people still living without access to safe water in their homes, schools, workplaces, farms and factories across the world.

Water for all poster
Water for all poster (Source: UN World Water Day)

WWD 2019

Each year WWD celebrates a different water theme. This year’s 2019 theme for World Water Day is about tackling the water crisis and addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.

This adapts from the WWD central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Goal 6 (SDG6) – that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Hence the theme: ‘Leaving no one behind’.

Marginalised groups, such as women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others are often overlooked. They can also face discrimination when trying to access and manage the safe water they need. Because of this, access to sanitation and safe water is said to underpin public health and is therefore critical to sustainable development and a stable and prosperous world.

10 Tips for Saving Water

Water conservation is an issue that needs daily attention.

While it may appear overwhelming in scale, there are small changes that we can all introduce to our lives to help with the sustainable use and management of freshwater resources.

Your 10 water saving tips:

  1. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.
  2. Turn off the tap while washing your hands.
  3. Wash your dishes with the plug in the sink.
  4. Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full.
  5. If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.
  6. Cut your showers short.
  7. Turn off your shower while cleaning yourself.
  8. Skip the shower from time to time.
  9. Use less electricity.
  10. Eat less meat and/or animal products.

What water saving tips could you adopt this World Water Day?

Learn more about WWD!

The World Water Day / Leydon Logo

The Leydon Logo symbolises the Leydon logo filled up with water.

“Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right.”

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