Feeling blue for World Water Day?
This year we are being urged to go #Blue4Water on World Water Day - an international event held annually on 22 March – which focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
In the UK, charity WaterAid is urging us to ‘Dress in blue, paint yourself blue, decorate your school or office blue, bake blue cakes, drink blue drinks, play the blues... sing the blues! We don’t mind how you do it – just go blue’, as part of this year’s campaign. As in previous years, the aim to drive change and raise funds to ensure that everyone everywhere has access to safe, clean water by 2030.
Internationally, this year’s theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Jobs’, highlighting the two-way relationship between water and the decent work agenda in the quest for sustainable development.
According to the UN, ‘Today, almost half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognised or protected by basic labour rights. The theme in 2016 — water and jobs — is focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers' lives and livelihoods - and even transform societies and economies.’
While here in the UK after a wet and windy winter we may complain we’ve had a bit too much of water of late, water is still a vital resource, which we all need to conserve. Check out our February blogs to find out more on water availability and the impact of carbon emissions, to get a better understanding of how water resources are casing problems at home as well as in developing countries.
You can find out more on World Water Day by visiting www.unwater.org
You can find out more on WaterAid’s #Blue4Water campaign at: http://www.wateraid.org/uk/get-involved/blue4water