(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last week marked the 21st anniversary of World Water Day. The day was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1993, to celebrate and raise awareness of issues surrounding water. This year’s celebration took place in Tokyo, focusing on the theme of “Water and Energy.” The two-day event featured numerous workshop and talks by experts from all over the world.
Other events included a meeting of the US Water Partnership, a public-private partnership featuring a broad range of Federal agencies, household-name corporations, universities and NGO’s focusing on water issues, particularly in the developing world. Among their signature initiatives are efforts to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Africa, improved water security in South Asia, a Great Rivers Partnership providing integrated sustainable solutions for entire river basins, and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which focuses on ways to respond to the impacts of a rapidly changing climate on water resources.
The US State Department hosted a Water Technology Event in Washington, showcasing exemplary water technologies.
AsiaWater 2014, Asia’s #1 water and wastewater industry event, also took place last week in Kuala Lampur.
All in all, whether you are watching the waves crashing onto the beach, or watching the snow as it begins to melt, it was—and is—a great time to take a minute and appreciate the incredible role that water plays in all of our lives. Considering the fact that some 60% of our bodies consist of it or that we cannot live without it should be reason enough.
This year for the first time, there is an opportunity to do just that, using social media to participate in the Toast to Water campaign. This kickstarting engagement action has spurred thousands of people to send in selfies or short videos illustrating some way in which water is important to them or just raising a glass in a toast.
For example, Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of the famous ocean crusader Jacques Cousteau, can be seen making her toast to water, here. General Colin Powell also got in on the action, along with Colorado Rockies slugger Michael Cuddyer, and Congressman Mike Honda. Many others, by those less famous, toast to water, for providing a home for their fish, for helping to brew their coffee, and for providing fresh produce. Twitter hashtag #toasttowater has dozens of photos and hundreds of tweets by people toasting to water. Check it out. You just might see someone you know.