World Water Day

Today is World Water Day! I wonder if Professor Wingfield scheduled the Water Wars peer teaching group to present today on purpose. World Water day started in 1993 and is meant to focus on the importance of fresh water and sustainable management of fresh water resources. Each year there is a different theme; the theme for 2016 is Water and Jobs (“Better water, better jobs”). This theme focuses on jobs that are created directly or somehow indirectly to water sources around the world. Many people around the world have jobs that depend on a continual water source. With out this water they would not be able to support themselves. I feel that these people have a greater respect for the need of fresh, healthy water. It seems that many people in the culture that surrounds us today do not realize just how important water is in our every day lives. I fear that water has become an expendable resource in the eyes of a lot of people. It seems that the attitude is that water will always be around so why worry about using too much of it? The fact is that fresh water resources are being used up every day, and the sources of fresh water that we do still have are being contaminated with pollutants. In a first world country it is easy to think that water is just a basic thing that will always be available when we need it, but there are people struggling with water availability even in this country. Even so, when water is needed in one part of this country it is usually redirected from another area of the country to fill the need. In other countries it is not so easy for people who don’t have water to suddenly get it from somewhere else. That is why people can become extremely protective of the fresh water that is available to them, no matter how small the supply is. I am excited to learn more about this topic when we hear from the peer teaching group in class today. Water is not something anyone should take for granted.



  1. rogerwleblanc · March 28, 2016

    Jessica, you are very right. We all could be doing more to value water as a resource. Thanks for your post and for observing world water day.


  2. mackenziearl · March 29, 2016

    I totally missed World Water Day this year! And of course I missed its theme. I love thinking about environmental issues in terms of actual day-to-day jobs. Thinking about people risking their lives by working in dangerous conditions on oil rigs or long hours at coal-powered plants humanizes the entire energy industry. Environmentalists often make the make of thinking that everyone involved in environmentally-damaging occupations are evil… And I think that occurrence blocks a lot of people from seeing both sides of the story.


  3. bryboy21 · March 29, 2016

    At some point later in that day I noticed it was world water day, but never actually checked out what that meant. I think the fact that it was job themed is pretty cool. Along the theme of the “better water, better jobs”, I think we are going to need to do a better job to get better water; we all need to respect the need for fresh water. We certainly are doing a good job cleaning our water, however we are doing a better job at polluting it. It seems the effects of drought (such as in California) are starting to get people conscious of the problem. Hopefully the effects won’t need to get too drastic for people to get of their floaty innertubes.


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