World Water Day 2013

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Fri, 2018-04-20 14:01

When given the opportunity to develop more sustainable practices in our business and personal lives, we jump at the bit. One way you can incorporate sustainable practices into your daily life is to celebrate World Water Day. Friday March 22, 2013 will mark the 20th anniversary of International World Water Day.

The History

World Water Day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. At the time, Agenda 21 was the first ever action plan the United Nations had ever taken in regard to sustainable development. In the twenty years since Agenda 21, the world has certainly come a long way in developing a more sustainable way of life on a global scale. World Water Day in years past has helped form conservation efforts regarding the world’s water resources. Past themes have shed light on various topics including water for health, groundwater resources, water sanitation, and the urban challenge of supplying drinking water to overpopulated cities. World Water Day has helped nations around the world by exposing the importance of recognizing our water use and helping us solve the problems the world will face in the future.

Water Cooperation

The 2013 theme for World Water Day is water cooperation. This year’s theme recognizes that good management of water is essential to strike a balance between the different needs and priorities of one of the world’s most precious resources. According to the UN, “promoting water cooperation implies an interdisciplinary approach bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors, as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions.” The theme urges effective cooperation between multiple state actors on an international scale to fulfill the goal that water is managed in the most effective way.

What You Can Do

Although this year’s World Water Day shifts its focus to international cooperation, there’s still a lot we can do as individuals, families, and businesses to reduce water consumption. For example, you can

• Install low-flush toilets

• Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads

• Wash your car at a place that recycles water

• Take shorter showers

These few things are often very simple to start practicing in our normal everyday lives and can really make a big difference. This World Water Day, challenge yourself, your family, or even your business to work on reducing its water consumption.

By Nick McAndrew

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