Celebrating World Water Day: #Water2Me

By celebrating World Water Day, we're recognizing this valuable resource that nature has given us. Keep reading to learn more!
Celebrating World Water Day: #Water2Me

Last update: 17 July, 2021

Celebrating World Water Day allows us to remember how essential this resource is for humans and for most of the living beings that live on this planet. 

In addition, it’s a great time to reflect on what we’re doing, what we should and shouldn’t be doing to help preserve water. Although it may seem like this vital liquid is abundant in the world, there’s actually less drinking water available than you may think.

Factors linked to the way we live are threatening our water sources. For example, increasing population, intensive agriculture, industrialization, and climate change that humans are responsible for.

The importance of water

Water is very important for human beings. It’s essential for our physiological function and it also plays a pertinent role in our economy and society.

Let’s take a closer look at its importance.

Water and the human body

Water makes up most of the fluids and tissues in our bodies. It’s present in our blood, muscles, and vital organs, including the brain, heart, liver, and lungs.

In addition, water is involved in various physiological and metabolic processes, like digestion and absorption of nutrients. Also, it plays a role in waste and toxin elimination through feces, urine, and sweat. 

Our blood plasma is also made up of more than 90% water. In addition, water helps to regulate our body temperature. When it rises, like while we’re exercising, our body releases water in the form of perspiration through the skin.

Also, thanks to the water in our body’s synovial fluid, our joints stay lubricated. As you can see, it’s very important to consume water.

Water and human activity

Water has an infinite number of uses and applications in various human activities. In addition, it’s vital for every nation’s economy. For example, people use it to irrigate their crops, to feed their livestock, to aid in the construction industry (mixing cement), to process fuels, to generate electricity (hydroelectric power), and in the transmission of heating and cooling.

Just like water is essential for the human body, it’s essential for every country’s economy. When countries lack this precious liquid, the development of their society is at a great disadvantage. Because of that, people are continuously carrying out studies on how to use water efficiently.

Children playing in a lake

Celebrating World Water Day

World Water Day was an idea that came from a United Nations conference on environment and development, also known as the Earth Summit. This conference took place in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. 

During this meeting, the attendees decided to celebrate World Water Day on March 22nd of each year. In 2021, the focus of World Water Day was on the value of water and what it means for people. 

With that in mind, the United Nations Organization launched an interactive campaign on social networks with the hashtag #Water2Me. That way, people all over the world were able to digitally participate in the celebration of World Water Day in 2021. 

What are the goals of World Water Day?

The United Nations proposed the ideal of World Water Day as a way to raise awareness and sensitize the population about various problems related to water. These are some of those problems:

  • Shortage of this vital liquid
  • Contamination
  • Water quality
  • Universal and equal access to drinking water
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Waterborne diseases

Above all, World Water Day aims to raise awareness for those people in need who do not have access to safe drinking water. Currently, there are an estimated 2.2 billion people in the world who do not have access to this vital liquid.

World Water Day 2021 activities and initiatives

While celebrating World Water Day this year, the #Water2Me campaigned aimed to understand the value of water to different people. This campaign reached people with different perspectives, different populations, and their answers varied according to their societies and cultures. 

Water can have different meanings for different people and societies. For example, it could mean health and hygiene, cleanliness and dignity, productivity, purity and spirituality, a safe environment, or a source of food.

Therefore, this year’s campaign sought to generate forums, discussions, opinions, and comments from people about what water means to them and the role it plays in their lives.

Those who were interested in participating in the initiative joined the campaign by showing the world how they, their community, or their organization value water. To do so, they uploaded a picture or video using hashtags like #Water2Me, #WorldWaterDay, #ValueWater, or anything else related to World Water Day.

Water use awareness

As you can see, water is essential for all walks of life. This water is an integral part of natural ecosystems.

In addition, it’s not just part of our biological and physiological functions as humans, but it also has various uses and applications in our everyday activities. Because of that, we have to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation. 

Also, you should know that 97% of the world’s water is saltwater. Therefore, only a small percentage of it is drinkable. In addition, most of the freshwater on earth is frozen high in the mountains, in glaciers, or polar ice caps. 

drink water

How can I conserve water?

Whether you’re working alone, as a community, as a member of the government, as a business, or as an organization, it’s everyone’s responsibility to conserve water. 

There are different actions you can take to help with both the sanitization and conservation of water. For example, you can turn off the showerhead while you’re washing; repair leaks; fill the sink when washing dishes instead of letting the faucet run; only wash full loads of laundry; water your plants early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Conclusion

The theme for World Water Day 2021 was the value of this resource. However, we’re not talking about its price. In fact, the more precious something is, the less its importance can be measured monetarily.

Water is invaluable for our homes, jobs, and daily activities. Also, it’s essential for every walk of life on this planet. The value of water is life itself. 

Because of that, one of the Sustainable Development Goals is to guarantee access to water and water sanitation for all. Without water, sustainability isn’t possible. 

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