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World Water Day:
March 22nd, 2019

World Water Day was conceived during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Since then the goal of the annual celebration has been to draw international attention to the need for sustainable management of this vital resource. Each year World Water Day places attention on a different aspect of freshwater. This year’s theme, “Leaving No One Behind”, focuses meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring everyone has access to safe and affordable drinking water by 2030.

World Water Day provides teachers and students with an excellent opportunity to explore the role of water in sustaining life and to become actively involved in water issues within their own communities.

Why Care about World Water Day?

  • While 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, less than .003% of this water is potable.
  • Clean, freshwater is a basic requirement for all life, yet the earth’s water resources are facing increasing threats and demands from users.
  • Today > 2.1 billion people live without access to safe drinking water. (UN Water, 2018)
  • Every day, women spend >200 million hours carrying water
  • For many of the 500,000 Canadians living on First Nations reserves, access to safe drinking water remains a major challenge
  • Half of all workers world-wide are employed in water-dependent sectors
  • Global food production accounts for 70% of all fresh water use 
  • Canada’s per capita use of water is higher than anywhere else in the world.
  • More water is required to manufacture a car than to fill a swimming pool
  • Water is an integral part of the earth’s web of ecosystems, providing critical habitat for wildlife.
  • Canadians depend on healthy aquatic ecosystems to provide essential economic and social services.
  • In 2010, the UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in World Water Day. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts. 

For more information and ideas be sure to check out World Water Day