Water, water everywhere… You know the saying. March 22 is World Water Day. It’s a day to celebrate this important resource and to help make changes for people who don’t have access to it. Water is more than just something to drink. It sustains the global economy. According to the UN, 1.5 billion people—half of the workforce across the globe—work in an industry that’s related to water. You can click here for events going on in your area.
If you didn’t know anything about this day or don’t have events going on in your area, here are some ideas for getting your friends together, raising a little awareness and showing gratitude that you have access to this life source.
Hold a Surfing Contest
Live near the beach? Put on your rashguard, slap on the sunscreen and head to the waves. You can ask participants to donate to a water-related charity or simply tell them about World Water Day to raise awareness.
Take a Nature Walk with Friends
Head to the forest and take a hike. Take a moment to celebrate Mother Nature and the resources she provides to us. Bonus points if your adventure takes you to a waterfall. If you wear a rashguard and swim leggings on your hike, you can dive right in.
Plant a Rain Garden
Is there an area in your yard that pools up when it rains? Turn it into a rain garden by tilling the soil (just dig up about 8 inches with a shovel and break it up with a rake). Add some compost and garden soil and plant water-loving flowers. You’ll have an ongoing way to naturally capture and make use of this precious resource.
Take One Baby Step Toward Saving Water
• If you let the shower run while it heats up, put a 5-gallon bucket in the tub to catch the cold water so that it doesn’t go to waste. You can use this to water your garden.
• Go vegetarian for a day. It takes 15,000 liters of water to process the meat for two servings of a steak dinner.
• Turn off the water while you lather up in the shower, while you shave, and while you brush your teeth.
Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget to snap photos. Then, go to http://waterday.org. When you upload a picture showing what water gives you, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to Water.org.