World Water Day

March 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

It’s March 22nd, so you know what that means? It’s the UN World Water Day! This year, it could not come as a more perfect time, as everyone in the Northeast is experiencing uncharacteristic heat, and therefore increased need for water. Since it’s establishment in 1993, World Water Day has served as a yearly reminder to the world that water is our most important research. Each year, a different theme is used, and is sponsored by a different UN/International organization. In the recent past, themes have included Sanitation (coordinated by UNICEF and WHO), Clean Water (organized by UNEP), and Water for Cities (Coordinated by UN-HABITAT). This year, the theme is the ever-important Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We Are Hungry.

“What does this theme cover?” you may ask. The idea of this year’s theme is to educate the world about something we don’t think about – how much water is used to make our food on a daily basis, and how the wastefulness of our modern food preparations methods. According to this year’s website, we drink an average of 2-4 liters of water each day, but most of that goes unnoticed, as it is consumed in our food. On top of that, gallons upon gallons (or liters upon liters) of water are wasted each day just preparing food. For example, it takes 15,000 liters of water to produce one kilo of beef, and 1,500 to produce one kilo of wheat. Modern processing methods, especially those that make canned food or foods with large amounts of preservatives also waste a ton of water. Worse yet, 30% of the world’s produced food goes uneaten – and all the water wasted.

The campaign this year encourages citizens of the world to help conserve water at all levels of the supply chain, recommending that everyone:

  • Follow a healthier, sustainable diet;
  • Consume less water-intensive products;
  • Reduce the scandalous food wastage;
  • Produce more food, of better quality, with
    less water.

One of the major aspects of this year’s campaign is the interactive activity/game from onedrop.org, which allows you to find out how much water your meal is using, and to try to figure out what meals you can make with the least wasted water! Try it out!

In short? Let’s all make small, personal changes that can basically save the world.

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