World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 every year. The focus for this year is groundwater which is a dwindling resource overused by many countries. World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 every year to highlight the importance of fresh water. The tradition has continued since 1993. According to the United Nations website, more than 2.2 billion people live without the access to safe water. This year the day is highlighting the global water crisis and aims to support achieving Sustainable Water and Sanitation for all by 2030. The concept and idea for this day goes back all the way to 1992 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil when the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development took place.
The focus for this year is groundwater, which is a dwindling resource overused by many countries. While groundwater is pumped for domestic and industrial use, it also is critical to the healthy functioning of ecosystems. The UN on its website has detailed the troubling trend of an over reliance on ground water saying, “We must protect them from overexploitation – abstracting more water than is recharged by rain and snow – and the pollution that currently haunts them, since it can lead to the depletion of this resource, extra-costs of processing it, and sometimes even preventing its use.”
Theme for World Water Day
This year’s theme is ‘Groundwater, making the invisible visible’. Groundwater is a crucial resource that provides almost half of all drinkable water across the world. Exploring, protecting, and sustainably using groundwater will be the central motive of World Water Day this year.
The day’s intention is to inspire people around the world to learn more about water-related issues and to take action to make a difference. This 2022, the focus is groundwater, an invisible resource with an impact visible everywhere. Relevant issues include water scarcity, water pollution, inadequate water supply, lack of sanitation, and the impacts of climate change that are looked upon on this day.
The UN-Water coordinates activities with UN member organizations who share an interest in that year’s theme. UN-Water mobilizes organizations of all kinds to action, whether globally or locally.
TAKE THE ONE MINUTE CHALLENGE!
Shoot a 60 second video and tell us… How does groundwater affect your life? Is there enough? Is it safe? What needs to be done to protect groundwater? Share your groundwater story!
Make your film…
- One minute max.
- Landscape orientation.
- Civil and truthful.
- In English or with English subtitles.
Don’t forget to include the hashtags #MyGroundwaterStory & #WorldWaterDay, upload to YouTube or Vimeo, and send us the link at [email protected].
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