About 4,500 children die each day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation facilities. – UNICEF
‘A mother in Delhi, India, helps her son drink from a public tanker on World Water Day 2007’, photo on BBC News.
World Water Day 2008
Events happening across the globe draw international attention to a lack of available and clean drinking water supplies on World Water Day, whether celebrating March 20th (as so noted in this post on Water Wired) or on the typical March 22nd.
According to the United Nations, this year’s World Water Day theme will emphasize ‘Sanitation’ to coincide with the designated International Year of Sanitation.
Confusion about the date of the event this year (to account for a religious holiday on the weekend) certainly has not hindered many from observing the need to focus on global water issues.
March 20th Events (to name a few)
Global Water Challengeand Ashoka’s Changemakers invite people to submit entries for the competition to solve the global water crisis: “Tapping Local Innovation: Unclogging the Water and Sanitation Crisis“. One million dollars in funding is available to help implement these projects, and entries are due by March 26, 2008.
Shekhar Kapur launches a blog on Changemakers.net inspired by his latest film, ‘Paani’ (Water), which will examine the daily struggle for water in the slums of Mumbai.
The Our World – Our Water group on Flickr is launched to encourage those from around the world to share photos and stories about water.
March 22nd Events (to name a few)
WaterPartners Village — a virtual exploration of the water crisis — will launch across social networking sites like Second Life on World Water Day. A virtual concert, with proceeds to support global water organizations, will start at 5:00 pm (PDT) on March 22, 2008 at the WaterPartners Village stage.
Worldwaterday.net is organizing events across the United States that observe World Water Day including organized walks to raise money for the global water crisis.
Gramalaya in association with WaterPartners International and WaterAid – UK is organising World Water Day 2008 in Tamil Nadu, India. The event will be attended by more than 20,000 women from 430 villages and 186 slums in Tiruchi City will be participating. The event will be telecast at Suryan FM 93.5.
WorldWaterDay.org features events happening across the globe and on the Internet.
The Film Connection supports World Water Day by featuring several films about water for viewing and discussion about global water issues. ‘With this film program, we invite you to take a closer look at how individuals experience and utilize this diminishing resource.’
The above poster is part of an outreach campaign by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council.