Water covers more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface area and is essential to our survival. Each year in March we celebrate World Water Day (WWD) to draw attention to this vital resource and, in particular, freshwater–as opposed to salt water. Sustainable management of freshwater resources is a key theme highlighted each year on World Water Day.
The idea of designating a day to celebrate freshwater was originally put forth in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly declared March 22, 1993, as the first World Water Day and the tradition has continued since then. Each year there is a different theme highlighting some aspect of freshwater. Themes have ranged from water scarcity to sanitation to this year’s theme of “Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge.”
But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here are our picks for the top 5 ways to celebrate liquid life today, World Water Day.
1. Check out National Geographic magazine in all itswatery blue glory. In recognition of World Water Day, National Geographic magazine will offer a free interactive version of its April single-topic issue, Water: Our Thirsty World. Between March 22 and April 2, anyone can visit nationalgeographic.com/freshwater to download the April issue for free. In addition to all the material in the print issue, readers of the digital issue will get animated images, photo slide shows, and more.
We encourage you to take advantage of the special, limited-time offer; after April 2 access to the new e-zine will cost you $5.95 an issue. Be one of the first to experience this innovative technology and tell us hereon the blog what you think!
It probably would not be very fun to ski down a barren hillside, dive into an empty swimming pool, or canoe along a rocky river bottom. Many of us take water—for health, for normal daily activities, and for recreation—for granted. But imagine if you had to trek ten miles to find potable water for your family, or had no choice but to bathe in a … Continue reading World Water Day 2008