happy belated world water day

22 Mar

Water, it’s an amazing, essential substance. If you ask me, nobody wants a pre-owned bucket of water, especially if it’s labeled ABG (Already Been Gargled). And it’s important enough to have its own spot on the calendar, March 22.

On the UN-Water website, it summarizes how this day came to be:

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

One organization that’s making a difference in providing access to fresh water is Water Collective, devoted to serving villages in Cameroon including Elah, Muedimel, and Mbenzok. Its approach is unique as it involves partnering with villages and teaching them to be self-reliant. On the About page, it states its approach:

We believe that focusing on making water life-lasting triumphs over rapid expansion with temporary solutions. We believe in long-term strategies that integrate life-cycle costs and collaborate with existing community collectives. We believe that a supportive economy and knowledgeable community are key to clean water and keeping it there. We believe in empowerment before giving, requiring benefitting communities to co-finance their water projects so that they are involved in building their own futures.

Consider today as an opportunity to learn about water with an informative yet entertaining video by Vsauce: Water Is Amazing — World Water Day!. Also, think about supporting an organization like Water Collective in bringing access to fresh water to where it is critically needed.

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