Source: United Nations
On March 22nd we celebrate the World Water Day.
Established in 1993, it focuses on rasing awareness of our most precious resource.
2.2 billion people live without access to safe water. That is to say, 1 in 3 people. On top of that, by 2050 up to 5.7 billion people could be suffering of this lack.
One of the main causes which is leading us to such a disastrous situation is climate change.
Sustainability is the key. A core focus of World Water Day is to achieve the 6th goal of Sustainable Development: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Every year, the World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. The main theme decided for the 29th edition will be “Groundwater: Making Invisible Visible”. The aim is to put a spotlight on this invisible resource, which is widely used both in the industrial and agricultural field. Human activities and climate chande are definitely putting groundwater resourses to the test.
Therefore, a call to action by us all is needed.
Embracing a more sustainable way to manage this resource could mean cutting down on water waste and demand.
“World Water Day is meant to be a call to action. Responsibility lies with all of us. Governments, associations, private partners: we must all recognize the multifold value of water and take action to conserve this basic resource, the resource which gives our planet its unique colour.”
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, on the occasion of World Water Day 2021