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World Water Day (WWD) was launched by The United Nations (U.N.) in 1993, designating safe access to water for all by 2030 as one of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), media reports said.
World Water day. Image credit: UNWater.org
With this year's theme “leaving no one behind.” SDG hopes to raise awareness of the fact that marginalized individuals including children, women, refugees, indigenous peoples and disabled people, have the most trouble finding safe water.
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), released a statement on the theme of Leaving No One Behind for WWD 2019 after the launch of the new water report.
“This is the most important issue: the intensification of environmental degradation, climate change, population growth, and rapid urbanization–among other factors–pose considerable challenges to water security,” announced Azoulay. “The report advocates for a boost to international political will to reach those marginalized and to tackle the existing inequalities, whether they be socio-economic, gender-based due to the particular challenges of urban rural or settings, or any other factor,” she added.
n April 26 and May 10, people across Canada will participate in the WE Walk for Water campaign to help lift communities out of water poverty by fundraising or hosting their own water walks.
“Last year, over 200,000 youth from across Canada, the U.S. and the UK collectively delivered clean water for life to 40,000 people through the inaugural WE Walk For Water campaign,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “With over 40% of the world’s population still affected by water scarcity, we hope to double our impact this year by turning clean water on for 80,000 people. I can’t wait to see the wave of impact these young change-makers will have again this year.”
WWD is an opportunity to remember that water isn’t needed just for drinking as one in three people on the planet has no access to proper sanitation.
Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death.
Dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diarrheal diseases in children, killing 900 under-fives a day across the world.
“It’s little wonder that water features in the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” Russell Arnott, a postgraduate researcher in phytoplankton dynamics at the University of Bath’s Water and Innovation Research Centre said, “SDG 6 is all about water—crystal-clear water for all by 2030.”
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Since 1993, WWD has been celebrated globally in a variety of educational and awareness raising events.
To help you recognize and celebrate WWD, ES&E Magazine has put together a list of events across Canada.
Edmonton (AB): World Water Day YEG 2019, March 22 at 4:30 PM: Meet and network with inspired water collaborators, learn about local water initiatives in the province of Alberta, and listen to forward-thinking solutions on freshwater issues. Water is essential for life, and is the single most important resource on the planet.
British Columbia Nelson: Speakers, Short documentary & Prizes for World Water Day March 22 at 7 PM:
The Nelson chapter of the Council of Canadians will be hosting an event at the Adventure Hotel for World Water Day in collaboration with a number of other water focused groups with the emphasis on education and engagement around protecting our precious resource.
Vancouver: WWD Celebration 2019 jointly organized by the Student and Young Professional Committees of CWRA Vancouver Chapter, BCWWA, CWN SYP, along with Engineers & Geoscientists BC Vancouver Branch. The event includes a networking session, student competition, a panel discussion featuring local water leaders, and award ceremony for the student competition.
Fredericton(NB): Cascade: Our plastic; our planet; our choice: The University of New Brunswick Art Centre celebrates World Water Day with a look at the lifecycle of plastic and how plastic pollution affects our water systems.
Toronto (ON): Water Docs Film Festival, March 20-24: The Water Docs Film Festival includes several days of high-impact films, animated discussions and community learning, with opportunities to take action to protect water.
Toronto: World Water Day Fair at Ryerson University: Ryerson Urban Water and Sustainability Ryerson are partnering to host a World Water Day Fair to showcase all types of work being undertaken at Ryerson related to water. We are welcoming all of you to join us in exploring this year’s theme “Leaving no one behind,” and to connect with like-minded students, researchers, faculty, staff, and groups that are making a splash in the water sector.
Waterloo: World Water Day 2019 hosted by the Water Institute: A full day of activities University of Waterloo’s Water Institute as they explore together how to find viable solutions for marginalized people living without safe water.
Charlottetown(PEI): Screening of Anthropocene at 7 PM: PEI Council of Canadians chapter for a free movie screening of The Anthropocene: the age of mankind, followed by a discussion for World Water Day at the Holland College Lecture Theatre.
Montreal(Quebec): Maude Barlow in Montreal: Who owns the water?:
Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Maude Barlow, will speak with Alice-Anne Simard, director of Eau Secours, on the fight for the human right to water, the companies trying to take ownership of water and sell it, as well as her experience with communities around the world who are already facing the global water crisis. **The conference will be in French and English. UQAM, Montreal, Quebec.
Saskatoon (Saskatchewan): World Water Day at the University of Saskatchewan 1 PM: The University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security is celebrating World Water Day in unison with the United Nations theme of “Leaving no one behind”.
The public works department for Ontario’s Regional Municipality of Durham is lighting up its headquarters in blue all week to celebrate Canada Water Week.
It’s just one of the many ways Canadians are paying tribute to WWD for 2019.
“Canada Water Week and World Water Day provide an important reminder on how fortunate we are to have a clean, secure and convenient supply of drinking water,” said John Presta, Durham’s Director of Environmental Services, in a statement for World Water Day. “Residents can help protect this valuable environmental resource for the coming generations with effective water conservation today,” he added.
The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, in Ontario is asking citizens to show up wearing blue for a rally in the city of London. The group, aligned with The Council of Canadians, is ramping up efforts to stop the practice of bottled water companies using First Nations areas as water sources.
“It damages the environment, steals from communities both environmentally and economically and they make billions while only giving back a small amount,” the organizers announced for the Victoria Park event, which also includes a water ceremony and prayers.
This fact awareness video by UN Water highlights some of the issues around the 2019 Leaving No One Behind theme.
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Washington, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): Donald Trump, president of United States (U.S.) said Monday that he would like to end an annual ritual of changing clocks twice a year and would be fine with a permanent daylight saving time, media reports said.
Donald Trump. Image credit: Facebook page
On the second Sunday in March the U.S. clocks leap forward by an hour from 2 a.m. and back an hour on the first Sunday in November, stated by federal law called Uniform Time Act of 1966.
Trump was in favour of the people who were confused and affected by this change in the clock are campaigning clocks on summer schedule should be unchanged permanently.
Trump wrote on his Twitter account that "Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me," joining those who supported the end of clock changes.
Bills were passed by the Florida state legislature to stay in summer schedule, but it required the Congressional approval to take effect.
Two American senators including Marco Rubio of Florida have filed bills to Congress to make daylight saving time permanent across the country.
Rubio's office argued that more sunlight at night in the daylight saving time would reduce the risk for cardiac issues, strokes and seasonal depression.
On the other hand, those supporting the clock changes cited the risks that would be caused by more darkness in the winter morning to school-goers if the summer schedule applies the whole year.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)