March awareness days-Week 3: Environmental Awareness – World Water Day

March 25, 2021

In 2010, the UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States.

www.Worldwaterday.org asks how is water important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your well-being, your local environment?

www.Worldwaterday.org suggests that in households, schools and workplaces, water can mean health, hygiene, dignity and productivity. In cultural, religious and spiritual places, water can mean a connection with creation, community and oneself. In natural spaces, water can mean peace, harmony and preservation. Today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry and the worsening impacts of climate change.

According to the World Health Org ani zat i on, here are some interesting key facts about the global water crisis:

• 785 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service, including 144 million people who are dependent on surface water.
• Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with feces. Contaminated water can transmit diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 485,000 diarrhea deaths each year.
• By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.
• In least developed countries, 22 percent of health care facilities have no water service, 21 percent no sanitation service, and 22 percent no water management service.

Safe and available water, according to the World Health Organization, is important for public health, whether it is for drinking, domestic use, food production or recreational purposes.

During Global Water Day, reflect on the many ways water is beneficial for our lives. Find ways you can support and publicize the importance of everyone having available clean and safe water. Also, set aside some time each day during the month of March and pray for organizations that are working globally to provide clean safe water specially to underdeveloped countries. UNICEF and other organizations offer volunteer services to help reach the children and young people in the greatest need.

Beloved, the water crisis should be a concern we all share. Every person regardless of where they live should have access to clean, safe water. The consequences of unsafe water are deadly. Think about how important water is to you and then pray for opportunities to speak out, stand out and prayerfully support organizations who work tirelessly to provide safe, clean water to communities and countries in need.

Sources:
World Health Organization
UNICEF
Worldwaterday.org

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