This Thursday, 22nd March is WORLD WATER DAY (the 25th anniversary actually) – the UN’s annual date to remind us of the importance of water. While it could easily just became another one of those “Insert-Theme-Here Day”, we would be pretty stuffed trying to go without water for just a few hours, let alone one whole day (think Cape Town, California, and even our own Murray Darling??) so its worth taking the time to reflect on, even for a moment.
The theme for this year’s World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Its pretty clear that damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods. A statistic which actually means suffering and unequal opportunity for many people just like us.
UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution. One way we can do a bit towards reaching this target is supporting groups like WaterAid and their major fundraising campaigns:
- The Water Challenge – could you drink only water for a whole month?? If you’re too weak, then support someone who is!!
- Walk for Water – 10,000 steps a day. 5 days. Starting today! But if you’re too late, DONATE DONATE DONATE to those who are burning holes in their sneakers on to raise money for those who don’t get to drink clean water at the end of such a long walk!
So please get your generosity on and share your bucks to help those who don’t get decent quality water our of their taps!
Meanwhile, Urbaqua boldly stepped up to donate some hard cash and show off our mad lawnbowlling skills last Friday night, 16th March as part of the WA WaterAid committee’s lawnbowls/cornholes fundraising event at the Mosman Park Bowling Club. While putting in a galliant effort, the competition was a tad too fierce (and we felt sorry for other unnamed companys who needed a bit of an ego-boost)……..however we WILL return next year for a SMACKDOWN to show Perth’s finest water professional lawnbowl/cornholers what we’re really made of!
Thanks to sponsors Guidera O’Connor, Fulton Hogan, and ATJV (Acciona Trility Joint venture) and to the WA WaterAid committee for putting on a fabulous event!