Did you know that World Water Day was this past Friday, March 22nd?
This day deserves more than a simple shout out. In fact, 2013 has been designated as the International Year of Water Cooperation, so perhaps this annual day to celebrate freshwater is that much more noteworthy ten years after its initial introduction in 1993.
“Water cooperation” is a relatively broad concept, so what exactly does it entail? Take a moment to consider the prevalence of water in your daily life. We drink water, we cook with water, we bathe in water, we swim in water, we energize using water. In other words, it’s necessary for the “fulfillment of basic human needs,” according to UNWater.org. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Hence why the management of this liquid is imperative. UN-Water also states, “Water is a shared resource and its management needs to take into account a wide variety of conflicting interests [food production, energy, industrial and domestic uses]. This provides opportunities for cooperation among users.” Such cooperation seeks to combat global disparities through an “interdisciplinary approach” that assimiliates both basic and complex social, political, and economic needs worldwide.
You missed out on 2013’s World Water Day, so why should it matter to you? Well, the events promoting this momentous day are certainly not over. Courtesy of UNWater.org, you may click here for a listing of the various celebrations worldwide!
For more information about this awesome day, visit UNWater.org.