World Water Day 2013
World Water Day 2013 will take place on 22nd March and will focus on the importance of Water Cooperation as part of the UN Year of Water Cooperation. For more information on World Water Day visit our dedicated page here.
Walking for Water
As part of this year’s World Water Day your school could organise a Walking for Water event whereby children walk 6 kilometres (4 miles) with 6 litres (1.5 gallons) of water in a backpack to raise awareness about water scarcity in developing countries. In these counties, not only is the water on average 4 miles away, it is often unclean or simply not there due to drought or abstraction elsewhere in the river basin. The job of fetching water is nearly always left to the women and children, who typically carry 20 litres of water, often preventing them from working and going to school thereby perpetuating a cycle of poverty. Please see our Guide to organising a Walking for Water event in your school or community.
Water is an important resource and a sufficient supply of clean water is essential to the health of both people and the environment. Water may appear to be plentiful, but worldwide, and even in parts of Ireland, it is an increasingly scarce resource.