It’s a water-filled world

2011-03-21_0000114.JPGWater 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.”

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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate World Water Day

News_WWD_V2.jpgIt’s World Water Day, an occasion to celebrate the miraculous liquid that bathes more than 2/3 of our planet and sustains all life.

We’re continuing the fiesta de agua all year long as we look toward
Geography Awareness Week 2010: “Freshwater.” Check out the March
edition of the newsletter
for more information on what’s in store for November 14-20.

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 its watery 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 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 here on the blog what you think!

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March 2010 Newsletter

Read the March 2010 Newsletter: Geography Awareness Week 2010 theme announced: Freshwater!

March Challenge: Find 5 ways to reduce your water use
GeoFeature: National Environmental Education Week, April 11-17
Geography in the News: Celebrate World Water Day, March 22
Blog: Guest blogger: Making the Water-Energy Connection


Plus: Click to the next page for more newsletter highlights…

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March 2009 Newsletter

Read the March 2009 Newsletter: “Dive into the Oceans”

Inside: A Huge “THANK YOU” to All Who Wrote Congress
GeoFeature: A Whale of a Time
Geography in the News: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Blog: National Geographic’s Greatest Ocean Adventurers

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