World Water Day 2015 has come and gone but the charities and organizations that fueled the conversation continue to fight for clean water.
Since the first World Water Day in 1993, the UN and other organizations around the globe have banded together to raise awareness and get people talking about the importance of clean water for all. It’s difficult to imagine how important water is when we have access to it 24/7. But how different would life be without water? Water fuels our food processes, it fuels our medical processes, and it keeps us going on a day to day basis.
The conversation around World Water Day this year was absolutely centered around clean water initiatives and saving water for sustainable living. The primary focus here is that water is one of the core building blocks of a successful civilization. A lot of countries around the world are not able to create sustainable societies because of a lack of clean water sources. This is the reason why you see so many charities and organizations focused on building wells, filtration and irrigation systems in countries in Africa and South America.
Waterlogic analyzed over 3,700 tweets that used the hashtag #WorldWaterDay on March 22, 2015 and the surrounding days to get a feel for what is most important to people who support clean water efforts. What we found was not surprising but rather, reassuring, that so many people around the world share the same sentiments about clean water.
Clean Water Improves Health
One of the most popular tweets of the day was the UN’s about the Cholera outbreak in Haiti. Haiti is among the many countries without widespread access to clean water. In fact, according to Water.org, 40% of people in Haiti lack access to clean water.
Bringing Clean Water to Those in Need
Another popular tweet from the day was by Collective Evolution. Their project H2O has a goal of reaching $5,000 and they’re halfway there. The current amount raised will help 81 people get access to clean water.
Disappearing Access to Clean Water
This last tweet clearly shows the powerful impact the climate is having on the Earth’s natural sources of clean water. Jim Harris, an expert in the clean tech and sustainability space, shared an image from NASA that shows the deterioration of Lake Chad since the 60s.
Over to You
World Water Day only comes once a year, but these challenges and crisis around clean water are a reality and are not going away with just a few tweets. If you want to get involved, talk to your local water charities and find out how you can help bring clean water to those that need it.