With a different issue to tackle each year, World Water Day (WWD) has become an important event in which political leaders, organizations, and citizens join together to attempt to solve a crisis related to water. For WWD 2011, the issue at hand is the problem of urbanization of cities which are in poverty.
Urbanization is the natural growth of population in cities, as well as the increase of migration of rural-to-urban areas, and according to the World Water Day website, “93% of the urbanization occurs in poor or developing countries, and nearly 40% of the world’s urban expansion is growing slums. Between 1990-2001 the world’s slums increased at a rate of 18 million people a year, and is projected to increase to 27 million new slum citizens per year between 2005-2020.”
Most of these slums don’t have the privilege of running tap water; to get water, they have to hike to a nearby river or stream (sometimes a muddy puddle), then fill up containers with water and then carry it back home for usage. Imagine if you were thirsty at night and had to hike all the way to a stream just to get a glass of water, and dirty water might I add. It would suck, and people who don’t have the privilege of bottled water or running tap water have to do this everyday. So to me, WWD is not just a day in which we try to solve an issue, it is also a day of enlightenment; a day where we look at all of the things we have and appreciate it. We should stop complaining about not being able to find our remote control or about our computers running too slow for example, as people living in poverty don’t even have clean water to drink or bathe in. So let’s use this event as more than a day of solving an issue, let’s use it to open up our minds and fill it with positivity and appreciation, and then carry it with us everyday of our lives.
This years World Water Day main event is held in Cape Town, South Africa.
For more information on World Water Day or to find an event near you, please view this website, as well as this one.
This is a video of a YouTuber by the username of Lisanova whom went over to Haiti to document the struggles of obtaining water in a poverty stricken Haitian town.
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