World Water Day - Focuses on the Importance of Freshwater – Juliana Frances

World Water Day

March 22 is a very important international celebration. That is World Water Day. Hence, this day is about understanding the importance of fresh and unpolluted water for the sustainability of life on Earth and the survival of our planet. This international holiday was first celebrated on March 22nd, 1993, as an initiative of the UN General Assembly to raise awareness of water pollution affecting the entire world.

World Water Day 2020 wants to bring more awareness to water pollution and freshwater scarcity related to climate change. The issue is growing with every year passing by. For instance, large states and cities in Northern India are already hit by the so-called water crisis and things seem to get much worse. According to a CNN report issued last year, India has only 5 years left so solve its fresh groundwater crisis, before there will be little or nothing left to do. The problem in India is directly linked to climate change that led to reduced rainfalls.

Water is a common-wealth that we oftentimes take so easily for granted.

This day also wants to raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. One of UN’s measures to prevent the global safe water crisis is Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

But the truth is, that each and every one of us can take steps to prevent further climate change and thus, freshwater scarcity. We all make up this world. No matter how insignificant you think you are, this is not the case. Use this day to bring awareness by spreading the word on social media, and see what things you can do to prevent water pollution and further climate change. Use biodegradable cleaning products, don’t waste running water, be grateful for the abundance of freshwater you have, and send your prayers and positive energy to the people struggling to have fresh water on a daily basis. Every little action counts!

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