World Water Day
10 years ago
World Water Day is on March 22nd, and this year the focus is on water and culture. From the Unesco site: http://www.unesco.org/water/wwd2006/how_to_get_involved/index.shtml "We plan our cities near water; we bathe in water; we play in water; we work with water. Our economies are built on the strength of water transportation - and the products we buy and sell are all partly water, in one way or another. Our daily lives are built on water, and shaped by it. Without the water that surrounds us - the humidity of the air, the roughness of the river's current, the flow from the kitchen tap - our lives would be impossible. In recent decades, water has fallen in our esteem. No longer an element to be revered and protected, it is a consumer product that we have shamefully neglected. Eighty percent of our bodies are formed of water, and two thirds of the planet's surface is covered by water: water is our culture, our life." Celebrate by investigating how different organizations are working to educate people around the world about the importance of this essential resource and to increase access to fresh water in different parts of the world. Some sites to check out include Unesco's site (above) and: http://www.water4people.org/educate.html Great photo galleries, and you can take their H2O challenge - The Challenge: For 2 weeks make water your only beverage. Contribute the money you would have spent at the soda machine or coffee shop to WFP. The H2O Program has a complete implementation project available free of charge and will help guide you and your friends, colleagues or family to fulfilling the H20 Challenge! Visit www.theh2oproject.org. http://www.wateraid.org/international/default.asp http://www.rainbowfund.org/water/ information about their program and ways to donate. Many blessings! Cynthia H.