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At The Little Market, our mission is to support dignified income opportunities for individuals in marginalized communities all over the world. A core part of our mission is to raise awareness for human rights and social justice issues. Here on Cultural Exchange, we share avenues in which our readers can use their voices and actions to help others. Today, we are recognizing World Water Day.
International World Water Day is recognized annually on March 22nd. It presents the opportunity to raise awareness for the importance of access to fresh, clean water for everyone and to shed light on water-related issues. Water is an essential part of our lives, and clean water resources are a human right.
World Water Day’s origins date back to 1992 during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1993, World Water Day was officially observed for the first time.
Fast forward to present day observances, and this year’s theme has been designated as “Leaving No One Behind,” in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal 6 in particular calls for access and for the sustainable management of clean water for everyone by 2030.
Graphic Courtesy of WorldWaterDay.org
The United Nations defines safe water as a “safely managed drinking water source.” It’s accessible, available as needed, and free of any contaminants.
Billions of people around the world do not currently have access to safe drinking water. Furthermore, marginalized communities often face discrimination and are left behind in the path to safe water. Discrimination comes in terms of gender and sex, race, economic status, and age, to name a few forms.
- The United Nations reports that 80 percent of the people who are using unsafe water sources are residing in rural communities.
- Water.org reports that 1 in 3 people do not have access to safe water.
- Contaminated water is capable of transmitting diseases like cholera, typhoid, and polio.
- By 2025, half of the global population will reside in water-stressed areas, according to the World Health Organization.
HOW WE CAN HELP
We can all do our part to work toward clean drinking water for all. Here are a few ideas to get started!
- Raise awareness in your community and educate others on water-related issues.
- Volunteer with organizations that are addressing these issues on the ground.
- Stay mindful of your water consumption and find ways in which you can reduce water usage on a daily basis.
- Support innovative technologies and infrastructure that are working to control and sustainably manage water sources.
This World Water Day, please join us in advocating for safe water sources for everyone. Clean water is essential for a safer, healthier world.