Just a quick little post to alert everyone that World Water Day is March 22… exactly one week away!
“International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.” – UN Water website
Each year there is a theme to World Water Day, in 2010 it was Water Quality, in 2011 it was Water for Cities, and this year the theme is Water and Food Security.
The UN Water website does an excellent job of informing us on issues of food security and it has a ton of campaigning materials available if you’d like to promote this in your area (schools, office, etc).
Currently over 1 billion people in the world live in chronic hunger and that number is only going to increase if actions aren’t immediately taken. There are many simple things you can do such as conserving water in your household, reducing food waste, and using your purchasing power to make smart, sustainable decisions.
I’m sure everyone has more than a few items of clothing in their closet that have been abandoned, so something as simple as more frequent drop-offs at the thrift store can help to reduce water consumption in your community. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to donate 1 item for every 1 that I buy, and I’m sticking to it!
Now I was raised in the sticks, so I have been trained to appreciate a thick, juicy, bbq’d steak as much as your next redneck, and I have no intention of abandoning that skill anytime soon, buuuut… I agree that we don’t need meat everyday. There are plenty of healthier alternatives, and, unfortunately, the future is heading in a more meatless direction. Try cutting down your water footprint by implementing more meatless meals in your household.
Oh, and would you look at that – veggies and fruits have smaller water footprints than most of the crap causing obesity! So, a more sustainable diet, a healthier person?! Oh ma gosh, let’s all do ittt.
If you’re interested in eating more sustainably, there are plenty of materials out there to help you with choosing the best products. A neat example of a sustainable system:
Here is a cool little comparison chart (guilt chart) to educate you on your water footprint:
Today I learned that by drinking beer instead of milk with dinner I can reduce my water footprint hehehe
But in all seriousness, you can’t ignore that the world’s population is increasing and the world’s water resources and food supplies are decreasing.
YOU need to DO SOMETHING.
One week today – March 22nd – World Water Day – DO SOMETHING