World Water Day is on 22 March every year. It is about focusing attention on the importance of fresh water on our planet and it’s people. Whether you are looking for World Water Day facts to share with your kids or activities to do as a family, here are some important things to note about water conservation and why it is so important.
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What is World Water Day?
International World Water Day is a way to bring attention to the importance of freshwater. In addition, it encourages the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Every year, they have a different focus and this year’s theme is wastewater.
The vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused. As a result, it pollutes the environment. Add in untreated water runoff from fracking sites and you have a massively polluted system of wastewater. This is causing a global health crisis.
Water and Climate Change Need Attention!
With all the chaos in environmental protection recently, I thought it was a good cause to talk about. Share these World Water Day facts with as many people as you can. If more people had an understanding of how fragile our environment is, I think there would be a lot fewer people calling for deregulation of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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World Water Day Facts to Learn
Several years ago, Georgia was suffering from the worst drought in it’s recorded history. Combine a very inflated population with a system of poor watershed management and record low rainfall, and city officials were starting to tell us we only had a few days worth of drinking water left available to us.
Needless to say, I was starting to get a bit worried. What does a person do when they turn on the tap and nothing comes out? Like many people in the metro Atlanta area, I went to the grocery store and bought many gallons of bottled water. Not sure how I thought that was going to ensure my survival but it seemed like a good thing to do at the time.
We Take Water For Granted
How You Can Participate in World Water Day
There are only so many things that the average American can do to protect the global water supply, however, you are not powerless. Here are a few ways that you can reduce your impact on the waters of our world
- Follow a healthier, sustainable diet (keeping our water cleaner with organic farming). Even if you can only afford one or two organic produce items per week, every small change helps.
- Consume less water-intensive products (ie reducing our meat consumption). Traditional factory farms are a horrible source of contamination for our global water supply. Choose organically raised and sustainably sourced animal products whenever possible. Grass fed beef pollutes our wastewater much less than conventional feedlot animal practices.
- Use natural products in your bathing routine. Remember, everything you put on your body is eventually washed down the drain.
- Use a commercial car wash that recycles its wastewater rather than washing your car in the driveway.
- Skip the chemicals and fertilizers on your yard. Learn to love weeds. Rest easy that your children are not playing in grass that has been sprayed with cancer causing agents that will eventually wash into local streams and rivers.
- Investigate grey-water systems for your home and yard. Instead of wasting your wastewater, learn how you can reuse it around the house.
Why is conserving water important?
Hopefully, I have inspired you to rethink your wastewater. While it may seem like a drop in the bucket when you consider the global water problems we face, remember that every baby step helps! Please share these World Water Day facts with others and let’s improve the quality of our water, one drop at a time! Remember, once the water is gone, we will all be dry, dusty and dead!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.