The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on December 22, 1992, declaring March 22 to be the World Day for Water each year.
The World Water Day in 2012 is intended to draw the international attention on the relationships between water & food security. “Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life” and water is one of the fundamental input factors to food production.
Did you know that an 0.5 liter Coca-Cola in a PET bottle produced in the Netherlands has a green water footprint of 15 liters, a blue water footprint of 1 liter and a grey water footprint of 12 liters. Your 1 pound steak requires 1,799 while 1 pound of chicken only requires 468 gallons.
Find your water footprint for your average 3 meals you consume in a day and try to find 3 meals that reduce that footprint by 50%. If you are very ambitious, do it for the whole week’s meals!
The Deep Dive:
The World Water Council here.
Find out how much H2O is embedded in everyday life here.
The 4th edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report. Marseille, France here.
The installation of ice sculptures in Helsinki’s Senate Square to bring attention to global water issues here.
Find out more about water scarcity and food security, climate change and water here.
3Minute educational youtube water consumption vimeo here.
Attend the World Water Week in Stockholm in August.