March 22, 2021, is the day to stop, drink in and make a splash about all things water. Turning the tide on water is important. In its 28th year, this freshwater day of focus aims to achieve sanitation and water for every human by 2030.
Start here: right now – 2.2 billion people don’t have access to safe water.
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This year is about valuing water. Water is so all-pervasive, it’s easy to take for granted. Water means different things to different people. Consider how many ways you use water: at home, at work, for cultural reasons, to stay well and to keep your environment green and gorgeous. Start a conversation; shine a light and mark the many ways water keeps you and your loved ones buoyant. Once you recognise the real value of water, you’ll want to work harder to keep it clean, protect it and future-proof it.
Water and climate are entangled, there's no way to separate them. How we individually and collectively use water has a massive impact on floods and droughts as well as how plentiful or polluted the supply is. Water is central to fighting climate change; finding more efficient ways to use it will reduce greenhouse gases and ultimately keep more people alive and thriving.
Water needs to be front-and-centre of climate policies. Sustainable and scalable sanitation plans exist, but they need enacting now to counter climate change. It’s not all about the big picture – it’s about your house, your garden, your school, your workplace. Next time you turn the tap, think about how you can do things differently.
The conversations you start leading up to March 22 will contribute to a global report about water's extensive value. Here are some stats to wade through
Yes, you have water at the drop of your tap, but not everyone does. Today, one in three people live without safe drinking water. And by 2050, almost 5.7 billion people could live in places with insufficient water supplies for at least one month a year.
Honing in on the human stats of climate-safe water supply shows proper availability and sanitation can save 360,000 infants each year. Let that sink in: lives saved just by having access to clean water.
By capping global warming at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, we can reduce the climate-change-induced stress on water by 50%. With energy demand set to increase by 25% before 2040, water demand is simultaneously set to rise by more than 50%.
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Using your voice can spread the water word. Start by getting your facts straight – download the toolkit; inspire people to take action with main messages and truths. Then whet your appetite for the International Water Day programs, events and activities near you. You are Water Day – the more you do, the more gets done.
For Dharmabums, sustainability is more than fabrics. Every decision we make has the planet at heart. We use as little water as possible in production, and to ensure nothing is polluted, any water we do use in our dye process is cleaned up to 40 times before being released back into the waterways
Our water, oceans and coastal systems don’t exist in isolation. Cause and effect happens every time you hose your lawn or wash your dog. We’re also responsible for the way we use water. The ripples go way beyond our warehouse, so we’re always looking for new ways to clean and conserve water.
Water and sanitation are pivotal in reducing poverty, keeping economies afloat and working towards a sustainable environment. Turn a puddle into a pond: share what water means to you on socials using #water2me, #WorldWaterDay #dharmabums.