“Water means different things to different people.
This conversation is about what water means to you.
How is water important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment?
By recording – and celebrating – all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone.
Tell us your stories, thoughts and feelings about water.”
How easy it is to take things for granted, open the tap and water comes out, turn the knob and the shower begging, fill the pot and make a soup, and if you are somewhere in the North-Western hemisphere it is likely that this water is even drinkable. That is untrue in many parts of the world today, as the prophecies foretold two decades ago are now taking place as we speak, clean water resources becoming the new gold and cause of war and suffering across many parts of our planet.
Throughout our evolution our species always moved an sought freshwater in order to live, survive and settle, at times successful and other times failing epically and destroying those very same resources for good leaving behind us barren lands and deserts for trying to control and exploit it. However the vast majority of human settlements, be it villages or large cities, exist because at some point settlers found freshwater sources and decided to stop there. Yes, we are well aware that here we are stating the obvious, and very often it is the obvious that we are most forgetful about, as said above, taking it for granted.
To then state more obvious things: We need sustainable management of freshwater resources and we need clean water, sanitation and hygiene.
All we ask is for you to take a minute and join the website above, World Water Day, and do write in your own words thoughts, feelings, reflections, impressions, what does water mean to you, what meaning hold for you this vital and core element? Really think about it!