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World Water Day 2012

by Anjali Chandrashekar | 11-03-2012 15:24 recommendations 0 recommendations

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. This year it is The World is Thirsty Because we are hungry.

There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ?drink? is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ?drinks up? 1,500 litres.

When a billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure we cannot pretend the problem is ?elsewhere?. Coping with population growth and ensuring access to nutritious food to everyone call for a series of actions we can all help with:

  • follow a healthier, sustainable diet;
  • consume less water-intensive products;
  • reduce the scandalous food wastage: 30% of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitively lost!
  • produce more food, of better quality, with less water.

 At all steps of the supply chain, from producers to consumers, actions can be taken to save water and ensure food for all.

Every drop counts. Water is the Elixir of Life

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  •  Anjali Chandrashekar

5 Comments

Rohan Kapur

  • Rohan Kapur says :
    Thanks for sharing
    Posted 08-06-2013 02:26

Christy Lee

  • Christy Lee says :
    It is awesome that the picture was displayed at the National Mall. I am so proud of you :)
    Posted 20-03-2012 09:03

  • Anjali Chandrashekar says :
    Thanks Christy.

    This artwork was displayed at the National Mall, Washington D.C to raise awareness about the need to conserve every drop of water.
    Posted 17-03-2012 11:37

Christy Lee

  • Christy Lee says :
    It's really comming soon! Thank you for sharing this information.
    And I love the picture you draw. I also keep the picture you gave me at the UEA Forum.
    Posted 15-03-2012 17:22

  • Kehkashan Basu says :
    Dear Anjali, you are absolutely right!We must act now to save water!
    Posted 12-03-2012 04:27

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