North Brookfield Saving Bank Spreads Awareness of World Water Day
It is a vital resource for life on earth, but many go without access to clean and safe drinking water. For many, water sanitization issues never cross their minds and are a thing of the past, but there are still many people in this world, including in America, that don’t have fresh, clean water available to them. Daily 2.2 billion people in the world do not have access to safe water. Here are some ways you can support your community and World Water Day.
Appreciation: Take this day to reflect on and appreciate the quality of the water we do have. Although it may seem like a basic amenity, many people go without it. We want to spread awareness about this global crisis and what we can do to help.
What does water mean to you? We are so accustomed to having it, imagine for a moment that we didn’t. How would we wash our clothes, cook our food, bath ourselves, how would we stay hydrated and healthy? It is crucial that we discover what ways water is important to us individually and how essential it is for all of us, globally, every day.
Risks: There are high risks to people without fresh water access. Not only can they not properly clean their clothes, their food and themselves, but also consider that using water that is available, yet unsafe, can put people at risk for cholera, dysentery, typhoid, polio and much more. In addition to the very real impact on communities and people, it is important to be aware of the impact that unsafe water has on the earth. Contaminated and polluted water sources are just as harmful to Mother Nature as they are to humans.
Looking to get involved? Use the hashtag #WATER2ME to spark the conversation on social media about why water is important to you and your family, and how we can value and appreciate it more. The World Water Day Campaign, underway by the United Nations, is celebrating its 28th year of spreading awareness, educating people world-wide and advocating for sustainable management of fresh water resources.
Continued Efforts: The United Nations is hosting a secondary and ongoing campaign called the “Decade of Action”. Started in 2010, their goal is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.