Every year since 1993, 22nd March is celebrated as “World Water Day” to advocate the importance of sustainable freshwater management, and the United Nations is celebrating it with a simple theme “water for all by 2030”.
Back in early 90s, nations realised that the resources of freshwater are eventually exhausting and hence, the “World Water Day” was instituted to spread awareness among people from all over the world to protect water resources – on 22nd March, every year. Today, after almost two decades, the world is standing at a point where billions of people still live without safe water to drink and for daily usage. The meaning of “safe water” is water that is free of contamination, consumable and available whenever needed.
As a matter of fact, 2.1 billion people around the world are currently living without safe water – and as many as 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030. About India, we are currently ranked on 120th rank out of 122 for water quality index and being the “third largest ground water exporter in world”, 21 Indian cities will run out of water if we continue at the same pace. Keeping the global issue in mind, the UN has themed this year’s Water day with a simple idea of “water for all by 2030” by leaving no one behind.
The agenda here is to push adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Simple things like getting involved in water conservation activities can prove to be little steps for big changes. Other things like spreading the message of water conservation by using water cautiously, increasing awareness in the society and being curious about the problem and its solution will ensure that we not run out of water.