World Water Day, an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of freshwater is held on March 22nd.  World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. This year’s theme is Leveraging Water for Peace.

Water can be a tool for peace when communities and countries cooperate over this precious shared resource.  But, water can also spark and intensify conflict.  When water is scarce or polluted, or when people have unequal, or no access, tensions can rise between communities and countries.  More than 3 billion people worldwide depend on water that crosses national borders. Yet, only 24 countries have cooperation agreements for all their shared water.

World Water Day 2024 is about working together to balance everyone’s needs, with a dedication to ensuring no one is left behind, to make water a catalyst for a more peaceful world. We must act upon the realization that water is not only a resource to be used and competed over – it is a human right, intrinsic to every aspect of life.   This World Water Day, we all need to unite around water and use water for peace, laying the foundations of a more stable and prosperous tomorrow.

For more information:

UN’s World Water Day Fact Sheet

UN’s Activation Kit for School Children

What you can do to protect water:

  • Save water: Take shorter showers and don’t let the tap run when brushing teeth, doing dishes
  • and preparing food.
  • Eat local: Buy local, seasonal food and look for products made with less water.
  • Break taboos: Talk about the critical connection between toilets, water, and menstruation.
  • Be curious: Find out where your water comes from and how it is shared, and visit a treatment plant
  • to see how waste is managed.
  • Protect nature: Plant a tree or create a rain garden – use natural solutions to reduce the risk of
  • flooding and store water.
  • Flush safe: Fix leaking water and waste pipes, empty full septic tanks, and report dumping of sludge.
  • Build pressure: Write to elected representatives about budgets for improving water at home and
  • Stop polluting: Don’t put food waste, oils, medicines, and chemicals down toilets or drains.
  • Clean up: Take part in clean-ups of local rivers, lakes, wetlands, or beaches. Milwaukee RiverKeeper’s event is on April 20, 2024. Watch your e-news for details on how to participate.
  • Attend Earth Ministry’s Movie Night and Potluck on March 22 at 6:30 pm.

For more information, contact Karen Zimmerman.