It’s that time of year again, World Water Day!
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 is the United Nations’ designated day to come together and think about water; how it is used, how to make it sustainable and how to insure access to it worldwide. This year’s theme is “Accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis.”
In 2015, the UN adopted, The Agenda for Sustainable Development, which provides a “blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.”
The 6th sustainable development goal is “Water and Sanitation for all by 2030” and unfortunately, we are very off track to meet this goal. Flaws within the world’s water systems have an effect on the progress we are making and other global issues such as health, hunger, gender equality and education play a huge part in all people being able to access clean water and safe sanitation. Governments on average work 4 times faster to help meet these goal but seeing how water affects everyone, it is up to all of us to make a different by changing the way we consume, manage, and use water.
The story of the Hummingbird and its connection to World Water Day 2023…
“One day in the forest, a fire broke out. All the animals ran for their lives. They stood at the edge of the blaze, looking at the flames in terror and sadness. Up above their heads, a hummingbird was flying back and forth to the fire, over and over again. The bigger animals asked the hummingbird what she was doing. “I am flying to the lake to get water to help put out the fire.” The animals laughed at her and said, “You can’t put out this fire!” The hummingbird replied, “I’m doing what I can.”
– A story from the Quechua people of Peru
Just like the Hummingbird small acts can help us move forward to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Together we can take the small steps forward to make sure that all people have adequate access to the water and sanitation that they need to lead heathy and productive lives. To this end, the UN is holding its first water conference in nearly 50 years!
The UN 2023 Water Conference is being held in New York City, New York from March 22nd -24th this year. The delegates will be working on the Water Action Agenda to help come up with a plan to get us back on track for the 6th sustainable goal and you can help.
By going to www.worldwaterday.org/share-2023 and adding your commitment to the “World’s To-Do List” you can make sure that your voice is heard and we can all commit to making changes that will benefit everyone. And as always, if you want to celebrate World Water Day with us or just have general plumbing concerns, please give us a call at 636-391-1233.