World Water Day
Water is an essential basic need and the building block of life. Not only is it vital to quench thirst, but it’s imperative for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. With a growing population, we all need to think about how we use water and where we can get safe water from. Whilst water can be limitless, making it safe to drink can be a complicated task, one which uses energy and costs money. Therefore a day such as World Water Day aims to increase awareness and give people the opportunity to get involved.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. According to UN Water, “Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting the environment, and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials”. Therefore, in order to make the water cycle work better for every living thing we need to reduce and re-use where possible. Find out why this year’s theme matters here.
The annual event taking place on the 22nd March each year focuses on the importance of fresh water and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources, as well as tackling the water crisis to help make a difference to those around the world who do not have access to clean and fresh water. Today, across the globe people will be coming together to celebrate the day and help make a difference through raising funds and spreading the world. You too can make a real difference just by doing these three simple things:
- Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth or washing your hair.
- Refill your glass of water rather than getting a new glass each time – this will cut down the number of glasses you wash each day.
- Don’t start the dishwasher until it’s completely full.
At EDT, we have a wide range of projects to help raise awareness of causes and events, including projects based around recycling, saving energy and sustainability. One of Go4SET’s projects, ‘Water and your School’ involves teams of students from different schools coming together to embark on a 10 week project. The aim of the challenge is to raise awareness of the water shortage issue and encourage young people to think about ways in which they can help reduce the water usage at their school.
Students are challenged to look at ways in which they can reduce the amount of tap water being used at their school through reducing waste and/or by finding water from other sources. The duration of the project lasts for 10 weeks, and the end of the project a Celebration and Assessment Day (CAD) is held. At the Celebration and Assessment day, students must present their work with a model of their project demonstrating how their project would work and look, a display of their project, a five minute presentation and a written report. They will also get the opportunity to present their work to a panel of Assessors and celebrate their achievements.
To find out more about how you could get involved in World Water Day click here.