World Water Day is a United Nations initiative with a crystal clear goal: water for all by 2030.
Swimming sparked my inspiration
I enjoy swimming. It helps with my fitness and it gives me space to think and clear my mind. During one particular swim, I found myself choking on water as I gulped and swallowed some of the water in the pool. This got me thinking:
How much water is in this swimming pool?
Answer: The average 25 metre swimming pool contains 375,000 litres of water.
This got me thinking further: how many people could benefit from in astonishing amount of water? 375,000 litres of water could hydrate 29,000 people for one month!
UN World Water Day
The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.
- 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home.
- One in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty.
- Around 4 billion people – nearly two-thirds of the world’s population – experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year.
- 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.
Doing my bit
There can be no doubt that the figures quoted by the UN are astronomical. What could I do to help? For me at least, the answer lies within an initiative promoted by Oxfam. I support Oxfam in a number of ways: I donate unwanted clothing to them to sell – the proceeds of which are used for their charitable causes; and by buying safe, clean water.
For families facing drought, or living in areas far from the nearest water supply, providing clean, safe water is life-saving. That is why Oxfam works in some of the world’s harshest environments, working with communities to dig wells and install water pumps, taps and toilets, so people can stay healthy and well. Gifts like this one make it all happen.
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United Nations. (2019). Theme. Available: http://www.worldwaterday.org/. Last accessed 3rd March 2019.