By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager
This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Advocacy.
"With joy, you will draw water from the wells of salvation." -Isaiah 12:3
Since 1993, World Water Day has been observed each year with the focus of celebrating water and raising awareness regarding the global water crisis, particularly the troubling statistic that 2.2. billion currently do not have access to safe water. (1)
This year, World Water Day took place on March 22nd.
The 2021 World Water Day theme is valuing water, and advocacy groups hope to highlight how "Economic development and a growing global population means agriculture and industry are getting thirstier, and water-intensive energy generation is rising to meet demand. Climate change is making water more erratic and contributing to pollution. As societies balance the demands on water resources, many people's interests are not being taken into account." (1)
Along with these efforts, the United Nations also hopes that World Water Day will help individuals realize that "the value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource. SDG 6 is to ensure water and sanitation for all. Without a comprehensive understanding of water's true, multidimensional value, we will be unable to safeguard this critical resource for the benefit of everyone.” (1)
One of the United Nations’ other primary goals for World Water Day is to reestablish support of achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. (1)
To participate in the World Water Day campaign and help raise awareness about the theme of valuing water, visit: https://www.worldwaterday.org/act.