WATER is not just a liquid to quench the thirst of living beings and living things. It is an indispensable building block of life, fundamental basic of creating jobs, supporting social, human, and economic developments.
However, water has been a great threat to humanity. It has been in a situation of the duplex. One, there is a rising in sea-level water due to Global Warming. Whereas, the other factor is that freshwater is scarce.
WORLD WATER DAY is globally acknowledged on 22nd March as the focal point, important for freshwater. United Nations designated this date in the year 1993, to advocate the sustenance of availability of fresh water.
The Global Crisis
Since water covers 70% of our planet earth, yet only 3% of freshwater is available. While 2/3 of it is thrust in the glaciers that are frozen and unavailable for use. To stay alive, water is an extraordinary substance on earth. But years after years the problem remains the same and getting worse. There is a whole water global crisis from cape-Town, Michigan, Flint to rural Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
According to reports of World Wide fund for Nature (WWF) it was stated that worldwide widely 1.1 billion people lack access to water. There are 2.7 billion people that face scarcity of water for at least one month per year. Not just that there are 2.4 billion people that are exposed to deadly diseases like typhoid fever, cholera, and other types of water-borne diseases. Each year 2 million humans, mostly die from the diseases of diarrhea alone.
Globally, there are 844 billion people who lack access to clean water. They have hardship in voluminous access to water for drinking, cooking, bathing, growing their food. This is like a trap that has manifested the different families and communities for years.
Facts on Water :
- A proper supply of water, sanitation, and climate resilience can save 360,000 newborn a year.
- 1 out of every 3 people are living without safe drinking water.
- We can reduce the water stress by 50% if we restrict Global Warming to 1.5°C above the pre-industrial level.
- It is expected by 2040, that water demand expectations will increase by 50% more.
- Due to the extreme change in weather 90% of the major natural disaster are caused.
- By the year 2050, 5.7 billion people will live in insufficient and scarcity of water areas.
Take Away – The Theme for 2021 World Water Day is Valuing Water. The theme of the year is certainly about valuing principles to make a change in the decision-making. A systematic change in how to use water will make our world have a long life-time with enough water.
Well, the key message for World Water Day – First, waiting is certainly not the thing. Second, for fighting climate change we need water. And lastly, every single person has to be a part and play their role in our life.