World Meteorological Day is an annual event celebrated every year on March 23rd. The first World Meteorological Day was celebrated in 1961, and ever since, this international event had a specific theme for each yearly celebration. This year, the World Meteorological Organization celebrates its 70th year of existence, meaning that this year’s celebration will be quite special. The theme for this year is “Climate and Water”. Quickly following World Water Day, which we celebrated yesterday, the World Meteorological Day 2020 will focus on the rainfall scarcity due to climate change.
Climate change has a very important impact on water. Human and animal life is dependent on the weather conditions on Earth and most importantly on the rainfall, which makes up the main fresh water supply for human survival.
Extreme weather conditions such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, all lead too much, too little, or too polluted water supply. The climate change we’re facing is directly influencing the availability of freshwater supply, distribution of rainfall, river flow, groundwater, and snowmelt. The situation is severe and it is already affecting large parts of the globe.
What we all can do on World Meteorological Day is to bring awareness to the weather changes that are affecting the freshwater supplies around the world. There are small things we can do to prevent freshwater scarcity due to climate change. Become better citizens of the planet, by reducing our footprint, use biodegradable products to prevent groundwater pollution or even donate to organizations that are trying to do something about it.
Today is the day to be more aware of your impact on Earth. Send your gratitude to Mother Earth and your apologies for not returning the same loving and gentle support you have been receiving since the day you were born.