With seventy-five percent of the earth and three-quarters of our bodies made up of water, you’d think there’d be plenty to go around then, huh? On the contrary, there is a scarcity of water across the globe. More than one billion people lack an essential supply of water, and 1.5 million children die every year as a result. This is why the United Nations General Assembly designated today, March 22, World Water Day.
This year the theme is Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry. The film may be coming out tomorrow, but this is no time for “Hunger Games!”
With overpopulation, famine, and climate change putting our planet deeper into water crisis mode, there’s no time to waste. In honor of World Water Day, a number of organizations have launched campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of preserving our most vital natural resource.
Here are some ways you can help spread the word about World Water Day:
+ Show it off and share.
You can download the official World Water Day 2012 logo, and use it as your Twitter and/or Facebook profile pic. You can also post videos and animations like the one below with people in your social networks:
+ Make it trend.
Don’t forget to show your support of the initiative by tweeting #WorldWaterDay. The more online chatter that floods the web, the more likely the cause will pick up steam.
+ Stay informed and speak up!
While you’re at it, check out some organizations working to quench the world’s thirst. Matt Damon and his Water.org Co-founder, Gary White, are asking people to take action by donating their voices to the cause.
+ Do something and walk for Africa.
Get a team of friends together to participate in DoSomething.org and Thirst Project's Water Walk. A water walk is a community event where teams of people walk around a track, park, school, etc to symbolize the dangerous journeys women and children make to find clean water in developing nations. Prizes and scholarships are up for grabs!
+ Give a buck.
Do you give a buck? Donate one dollar on Philanthroper to give one person clean water for a year!
Eighty percent of diseases around the globe are a result of contaminated drinking water. Water is the problem. Water is the solution—that’s the motto of the Thirst Project. Let’s keep our glasses half full!