What is world water day?
The UN World Water Day is, “World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference”.
Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge. This year it’s about water and jobs. Did you know that almost half of the world’s workers (1.5 billion) work in water related sectors?
Learn something new:
- You have a water footprint: Mine, based on where I live, my consumption and wage equates to approximately 3987 migalitres a year. Find out yours here.
- How far do you walk for water? For many of us, safe drinking water is usually only a few steps away – just open the tap at home, school, or at work, and there it is! In many countries, however, the situation is very different. Last year I participated in the Walk in her Shoes challenge for Care Australia and learnt that many women (and children) have to walk for water (and food), some many kilometers a day! 10,000 steps (7km) is the average distance walked by the world’s poorest women and children to collect water each day. The challenge has just finished this year, but make sure you subscribe to their emails to raise money for Care Australia next year and particiapate in the challenge.
- Did you know tap water in Australia is amongst the purest in the world? Swap bottled drinks for tap water.
- 1 in 10 people worldwide don’t have access to safe, clean water.
Swap other drinks for water – improve your health
As a part of Water Aid’s March challenge to “Just drink Water”, lets aim to do that!Water is essential for life and for good health. It improves digestion, promotes healthy skin, hydrates your body, reduces inflammation, aids weight loss and boosts your energy!
My challenge to you:
There is still 10 days left in March. Ditch sugary soft drinks, juice and cordial – they only lead to weight gain, tooth decay and more! Instead just drink water. Aim for eight glasses a day – or more if your exercising and you’re on your way to good health!
Here are my tips for drinking more water:
- Opt for soda water if you like bubbles!
- Add flavour to your water – infuse your water with healthy flavours, think mint, cucumber, lemon, lime or orange.
- Drink one glass of water an hour while your are at work, sitting at your desk.
- Carry a drink bottle whereever you go.
- Throw out the softdrink in your fridge and cupboard – go on, I dare you!