Today is World Water Day 2011

Did you know that one in two people on the planet today live in a city? Or were you aware that 93% of this urbanization occurs in poor or developing countries? These are just some of the issues that World Water Day 2011 aims to highlight this year.

World Water Day is an annual event held to focus “attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources”.

This event has been held since 1993, and it highlights a certain aspect of freshwater each year.  This year’s theme is “Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge”.  The movement hopes to encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenges of urban water management.

This may be hard to grasp for those living in developed countries, but the conservation of water is an important issue that our generation needs to address. There are many things we can do in addition to changing public policy. Something as simple as avoiding bottled water might help.

I encourage you to go to the World Water Day 2011 website for more facts and figures regarding this issue. You can also follow the events as they happen today on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

By Kelvin Claveria