World Water Day is an annual UN observance day which is celebrated every 22 March that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to educate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. World Water Day is celebrated around the world with a variety of events .These can be educational ,theatrical musical or lobbying in nature .The day can also include campaigns to raise money for water projects.
The first world Water Day designated by the United Nations, was in 1993.Each year many countries celebrate World Water Day.
United Nation is the convener for World Water Day and selects a theme for each year in consultation with United Nation organizations that share an interest in that year’s focus .The theme for 2019 is “Leaving no one behind” and encourages people to consider marginalized groups as these are often overlooked and discriminated against when they try to access safe water.
Previous themes for the years 2014 to 2018 were “Water and energy “Water and Sustainable Development “Water and Jobs” Why waste water and “Nature for water”. The focus on universal access to clean water , sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is in line with the targets of sustainable Development Goal .The United Nation World Water Development Report (WWDR) is released each year around World Water Day.
Views of people on the World Water Day include;
“World Water Day is important because, it’s on this particular day that there is so much time to educate the public on the uses of water ,the effect of contaminating water and other uses of water which we may or may not know about, personally, I feel like this day actually educate a lot so that those who were not initially aware that , the earth is covered with 70% of water get to know because there’s enlightenment as to how much water is filled in the earth and then water is use for, Why we should keep our water bodies and other water clean and the effect of not keeping our water bodies clean” .Boatemaa ,a level 300 student of the Ghana Institute of Journalism explained .
According to Adjoa Mansa, a market woman at madina, ” Water is the most essential element in our lives, It is used for domestic purposes such as drinking , preparing food,bathing ,washing clothes and dishes , brushing your teeth, watering the garden”.
“As people say water is life, that is the general statement. Most of us have experience it that , water is life in a way and in most cases , water is life and it’s been world water day, “I think this is a day that we should give much attention to our water bodies, the things that we doing to cause damages and other things that are not nice to our water bodies ,this illegal mining and those fishing with bad minerals and should come to an end as we preach more about the cleanliness of the water bodies around us and its benefits”. Emmanuel clarified .
An interview with Micheal Yerb , a worker at Ghana Water Company put into words, “as water gets scarce due to pollution , we feel its greater importance .Water is extremely essential for every organ cell and tissue of our body .Water forms two-third of our body, it keeps the body’s temperature normal, lubricate and cushions the joints and protects our spinal cord and sensitive tissues ”
World Water Day is worth celebrating because water they say is life, we all need water and we are pleased a day is set aside to appreciate clean water.
AWURA AMA OHENEWAAH,
GHANA INSTITUTE OF JOURNALISM