World Water Day

Happy World Water Day! Never heard of it? That’s not so surprising—the day doesn’t get as much play as Christmas or Hanukah, and it’s doesn’t offer an excuse to wear a costume or gorge on sweets like Halloween does.

Every year, the United Nations picks a different theme for World Water Day, celebrated each March 22. This year’s theme is “coping with water scarcity.” Given that more regions are becoming chronically short on water, not to mention the rather frightening projections for the availability of freshwater for this quarter century, we think the topic is spot on.

But our goal here isn’t to scare anyone, or to enumerate the benefits of shutting off the faucet while brushing your teeth or scrubbing the dishes (well, actually, now that we’ve mentioned those water saving tips, they do help…and low-flow toilets and showerheads aren’t such a bad idea, either). Instead, we’d like to point out some thoughtful responses to the campaign.

At the U.N.’s website, you can learn about water conservation programs, familiarize yourself with the water cycle, and send an e-card. The Guardian has an international slideshow, while Inter Press Service takes a look at potential conflicts that may develop—and in some places have been going on for years—over water. And for those of you looking for something a little more interactive, try your hand at a water quiz (we guarantee you’ll get #9 right).


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Very sad to see that "the media" doesn't pay more attention to "Water Day." If anyone is interested, we also posted about it at

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