On this particular day each year, millions of people around the world join in their community to draw attention to, ask questions, and celebrate this amazing blessing: water.
This year’s theme, ‘Nature for Water’, explores nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes. When we neglect our ecosystems, we make it harder to provide everyone with the clean water we need to survive and thrive. (UN.org)
Even though there are many global solutions for today’s challenges, I believe it’s important for each of us to think about the issue like clean water and relate it to our daily lives. There is a huge impact that happens – a ripple effect when we become conscious of how we manage our daily use of water. It can take the form of gratitude; appreciating the fact that we only have to turn on the tap and we have more than enough clean water to take care of needs when we need it. We can also get creative by finding sustainable ways to collect rainwater for our gardens so that in the summer months we have a supply on hand rather than depending on the city’s water supply. Taking simple steps in our own lives makes a world of difference when it comes to making a global impact on our food, water and air supply.
“Nature’s contributions to people are of critical importance to rich and poor in developed and developing countries alike. Nature underpins every person’s wellbeing and ambitions – from health and happiness to prosperity and security. People need to better understand the full value of nature to ensure its protection and sustainable use.” said Sir Robert Watson, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Chair.
A short film by Conservation International - Nature is Speaking: Water. Watch it here.