Friday, March 22, 2013

World Water Day

Do you know how much water you consume each day? I don't mean how many glasses of water, I am asking how much water you personally consume each day in your diet — via not only the liquids you drink but also the foods you eat. The theme for this year's World Water Day is Water and Food Security, and the objective is to raise awareness about the relationship between water and food production so that we can all see just how much water is required to produce our favorite foods.


Its aim is to encourage us all to be more aware of the amount of water we "drink" through the food we eat — for example, producing 1 kilogram of beef uses 15,000 liters of water while 1 kilogram of wheat "drinks" 1,500 liters. Another example is - it takes 25 liters of water to produce potato, it takes 7,000 liters of water to produce a steak. As you know, a vegetarian diet uses far less (actually 10 times less) water than a carnivorous one.


'World Water Day' is a day celebrated each year to focus the world's eyes on the importance of water in our daily lives and raise awareness about the need to preserve and conserve what we've got.

This is the water crisis:

1) 780 million people on Earth lack access to clean water
2) 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes.
3) Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness


March 22 is World Water Day, an opportune time for people with clean water to help those without it. Taking shorter showers, running the dishwasher only when it’s full, eat more meat-free meals (go veg) and finding other ways to conserve water in your daily life etc. You can also support nonprofit organization that is working to solve the global water crisis.


One can also contribute his/her interest towards conserving water through spreading awareness about the issue. There are few books which last a long impression on reader's mind:

1. The Talaabs of Darbhanga - by Anupam Mishra and Prashant Soni
2. NARMADA - by Parthiv Shah and Vidya Shah
3. CAUVERY - by Oriole Henry and Clare Arni

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