People around the world will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of World Water Day on the 22nd of March 2013. The increasing shortage of water has become common knowledge; it was even the theme of the James Bond epic Quantum of Solace. This year UNESCO, Matt Damon and the World Walks for Water Campaign would like everyone to take action.
The United Nations projects that there will be 9 billion people on the planet by 2050 which is problematic if one considers that the fact that more than 780 million out of the current 7 billion don’t have access to clean water. It’s a serious matter that deserves urgent actions. So, what can you do?
The World Walks for Water & Sanitation 2013
More than 170, 000 people in 25 different African countries are already planning to take part in the campaign this year. According to Ghana Business News, countries that have already planned walks include Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Uganda, Malawi, Liberia and Madagascar.
Walks will be taking place globally from the 16th through to the 24th of March in commiseration with the millions of people who have to walk kilometres to collect water daily.
Want to put on your walking shoes? There are two ways to join in: you can organise a walk in South Africa as there isn't currently one planned or, if that seems too much, you can also participate in the virtual walk on the World Walks for Water website. It’s super easy and lends your voice to an amazing project, plus you get to pick your “walker” who then strides forth with others across the internet.
Strike with Matt Damon
Actor and creator of the non-profit water.org, Matt Damon, is taking a more tongue-in-cheek approach to World Water Day with his “Strike with Me” campaign. Put on your headphones and watch Matt on how he’s refusing to go to the toilet, in support of people around the world gaining access to clean water and sanitation.
Seriously though, the campaign only asks for your permission to post updates from World Water Day, news about the water crisis and funny stories from the strike onto your Twitter account. That’s easy enough and will help to create more awareness about the problem.
On a more practical, get-down-to-business note you could also reduce water consumption in your home by investing in water saving shower heads and devices like dual flush toilet systems. You can also recycle your water using something like the Superhead Rainwater Tank Filter which filters your rainwater before diverting it to a tank, or the Redhead Diverter Valve which cleverly moves all the cold water in your pipes to a storage tank, before hot water comes out of your tap . The options are multiple, easy to install and, best of all, they will do the work for you.
Don’t sit out this World Water Day – get involved by going for a walk or, reducing your water consumption or striking with Matt Damon!