Today the world observes World Water Day, a day to reflect on the importance of this precious resource in our daily lives and to look forward at how we can protect this resource and ensure future generations have access to water.
While World Water Day is an important day for Green Cross, given our Water for Life and Peace programme, we believe every day should be world water day. This year the theme is ”Clean Water for a Healthy World” thereby highlighting the importance of protecting our water resources to protect ourselves.
Whilst access to clean water has improved over the last decade, approximately 1.1 billion people still do not have access to drinkable water, leaving roughly one sixth of the world’s population at risk of contracting fatal diseases and illnesses. Furthermore, the problem of access to safe drinking water or basic sanitation is especially acute in Africa and Asia. In Africa 2 out of 5 people live without adequate water supply systems needed for basic sanitation and hygiene. Accordingly, GCI has recently launched the Smart Water for Green Schools project, with the pilot project in progress in the Al-Iman school in Ghana. Through the construction and implementation of rainwater harvesting systems and ecological latrines, GCI will provide a reliable supply of water, hygiene and sanitation facilities, as well as environmental education to school children, teachers, and parents living in transboundary river basins around the globe.
GCI is also focusing on World Water Day through its partnership with Pureology. Today Pureology teams around the world will highlight the importance of water conservation to their colleagues, promoting the idea of a World Water Day, everyday. They will share tips on how to save water in the office and at home, as well as various internal events to increase awareness of access to water in our world today.
Furthermore, various Green Cross national offices are planning activities in honor of the day. The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.