Thirsty People

World Water Day March 22




The threat of water scarcity looms large in both developed and developing nations as people around the planet mark World Water Day on March 22.  This year’s focus is sanitation, as recent UN reports estimate that 40 percent of the world’s population lack even basic facilities.

Nobel Peace laureate and former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, states that “We shall not finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria or any of the other infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation and basic health care.” Sufficient water is equally vital to biodiversity, agriculture and energy projects.

The first U.S. Water Voices from Around the World event takes place this month in the Virgin Islands, where the only source of fresh water is rain and all housing starts require a cistern for water collection. Walks for Water in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and online are scheduled to support that event.


Sources:  WorldWaterDay.org and WorldWaterDay.net

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