Happy World Water Day

Today is World Water Day, which is the 16th annual United Nations-sponsored water awareness day.  The main goal of this long-held initiative is to “up knowledege about all of the bodies of fresh water (263 by the U.N.’s count) that cross – or create – international borders.”

This is a vital objective, especially as the demand for water has been increasing, even in the superpower United States where the demand for water has increased by 300 %, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to an article posted on the Scientific American Magazine website, “More than half of the world’s population lives in river basins shared with other countries, according to the U.N., yet only 16 countries (Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, South Africa, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic and Uzbekistan) have signed the group’s Convention on Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses (an agreement to ensure countries don’t hog or harm shared water resources).”

The global need for water is immensely important, and its uses ranges from energy, sanitation, health and food to other benefits.  Any initiative that is aimed at promoting awareness concerning these issues should be praised with high regard, especially at the present time where global warming is threatening standing water and is ruining ecosystems and habitats, along with millions and millions of human lives.

 

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~ by jrn320afigueroa on March 22, 2009.

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