Today, the world celebrates and raises awareness about its most valuable resource. It’s been 25 years since the United Nations designated March 22 as the day we focus our attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, according to the World Water Day organization, is “Nature for Water”: “Exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century”.
According to the organization’s website, 2.1 billion people today live without safe drinking water at home, which affects their “health, education and livelihoods”.
Here are some additional facts, shared on Twitter, about the current state of water:
2.1 billion people lack access to safely-managed drinking water.
— United Nations (@UN) March 22, 2018
Today is #WorldWaterDay.
People in Flint, Michigan still don’t have clean drinking water.
— jordan (@JordanUhl) March 22, 2018
We need to choose more sustainable crops in more sustainable locations. It takes a gallon of water to grow each almond and almost 5 gallons of water to grow each walnut. Most are grown in California which is in a drought. This needs to change. #WorldWaterDaypic.twitter.com/x5OyAdzauC
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 22, 2018
— Global Goals (@GlobalGoalsUN) March 22, 2018