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Water is one of the most basic of all needs -- we cannot live for more than a few days without it. And yet, most people take water for granted. We waste water needlessly and don't realize that clean water is a very limited resource. More than 1 billion people around the world have no access to safe, clean drinking water, and over 2.5 billion do not have adequate sanitation service. Over 2 million people die each year because of unsafe water - and most of them are children!

World Water Day, observed on March 22, is an important opportunity to educate ourselves and our communities about this most vital of all resources, explore ways to conserve it and protect the waters of our rivers, lakes, oceans and streams. It's a chance to address the issue of helping those without access to clean drinking water. World Water Day is also a time for ethical and moral discussion about water rights, particularly the growing trend of corporations taking over community access to water.

On March 22, 2005, the United Nations launched the UN International Decade for Action on Water, to help bring greater awareness to the global community about the growing problem of access to clean water for everyone.

World Water Day - March 22

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DO ONE THING for a Better World

1. Find out more about our most precious resource: water

2. You can save 9 gallons of water if you turn the faucet off while you brush your teeth.

3. Hold an event to raise awareness about conserving and protecting water, as well as the importance of guaranteeing access to clean water for all

4. Support organizations working to conserve water, protect our rivers, lakes and oceans, and for the issue of access to clean water as a basic human right

Planet Pals - Water Day
UN World Water Day
UN Works: Download documents & reports
Water For Life Decade
World Water Council
Global Change
Sweetwater Alliance
Changing The Present: Water
UN Booklet: Water for Life (2.3 MB PDF)

WHO Water For Life Guide (1.05MB PDF)

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Issue: Water

Kofi Annan

Maude Barlow

Carol Bellamy

David Brower

Lester Brown

John Burroughs

Rachel Carson

Jimmy Carter

Bill Clinton

Jacques Cousteau

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jane Curtin

Dalai Lama

Ted Danson

Justice William O. Douglas

Dr. Paul Farmer

Benjamin Franklin

Mikhail Gorbachev



John F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Aldo Leopold

Ralph Nader

Queen Noor of Jordan

Sandra Postel

Robert Redford

Gloria Steinem

U Thant

Stewart Udall

Cora Weiss

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