World Water Day 22 March

Let’s come together today for World Water Day 2017 and let’s lead the change that inspires others to do the same.

World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.

The Ganges SUP is a record breaking, world’s first descent of the entire length of the river Ganges by stand up paddleboard. An expedition for purpose, the vision and mission of this journey is to empower awareness and advocacy for cleaner water, via adventure.

On 3rd October 2016, the expedition kicked off on foot in Gaumukh, the ‘visible’ source of the Ganges at the altitude of 4100m in the Indian Himalayas. On 11th January 2017 ~ 101 days and 2977 kms later, the team of Shilpika Gautam and Kumaran Mahalingam paddled to the mouth of the Ganges at GangarSagar

By sharing raw, unbiased stories from their expedition be it photo, footage or writing , Ganges SUP has endeavored to highlight the positive stories from this river-of-life, of the challenges that the least connected and underprivileged living along its banks face on a daily basis, and how public/private efforts are transforming their quality of life, one village at a time.

Be a part of the journey and be the change our precious waterways need.

“Nothing is more useful than water,but scarcely anything can be had in exchange for it.” (The paradox of value, Adam Smith)

Today is World Water Day– to most of us who are reading this , it means little. We have water in our taps, means to buy bottled water (we shouldn’t but that’s another fight ) – but we are not alone on this earth.The challenge to provide enough, clean, safe water is the gravest threat to our existence, to this planet. 

Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.

>500m people in rural areas are still without clean water – & are most vulnerable to effects of climate change. Climate change means water change.

Nearly two million people die from a lack of safe drinking water every year. And by 2030, half the world’s population could be living in areas where there isn’t enough water to go round. 

3,15,000 children under-five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children per day, or one child every two minutes.

The average person uses up to 100 gallons of water per day. 95% of this goes down the drain – meaning each person wastes between 76-95 gallons every day.

Put simply, lack of safe, usable water is a violation of human rights, a threat to equality, to health, to productivity, to the climate- and it is OUR collective responsibility. 

World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis- The theme this year is Wastewater. Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.The opportunities from exploiting wastewater as a resource are enormous. Safely managed wastewater is an affordable and sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable materials.  The costs of wastewater management are greatly outweighed by the benefits to human health, economic development and environmental sustainability – providing new business opportunities and creating more ‘green’ jobs.

Source – UN and WaterAid

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