Right now the world faces a water and sanitisation crisis.
There is an ancient story that originated with the Quechua people in Peru about a Hummingbird which can teach us a lot about how we respond in a crisis.
“I am flying to the lake to get water to help put out the fire.”
You can be the change this World Water Day
Right now we face a global water crisis. Billions of people and countless schools, businesses, healthcare centres, farms and factories are being held back because their basic human right to access water and sanitation have not yet been fulfilled.
Governments need to work 4x faster to meet their promise to bring safely managed water and sanitisation by 2030. But it doesn’t stop at governments – we all have a role to play, just like the Hummingbird. Water affects everyone, so everyone needs to take action.
You can make a difference by changing the way you use, consume and manage water in your day-to-day life.
Take Action to Save Water
Take shorter showers, turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth, fix leaking pipes, install a water butt in your garden for summer months.
Buy local, seasonal food and look for products made with less water.
Plant a tree or create a raingarden – use natural solutions to store water.
Don’t put oil, food waste or medicines it drains. Reduce your plastic consumption to stop micro-plastics contaminating fresh water supplies.
Take part in clean-ups of beaches, rivers and lakes.
Turn off sleeping tech
It is estimated that 90% of power generation is water intensive. Turn off your devices when you don’t need it – you’ll save money and water!
Share on social media
Use your voice to talk about world water day – get involved and help generate the buzz it needs to get people to take actions.
An average pair of jeans takes 10,000 litres of water to produce – that’s equal to what a person might drink in 10 years. Shop second-hand or choose sustainable options.
Refill & Reuse
Wherever possible, opt for refillable solutions such as water bottles and cleaning products. Reduce the amount of water locked up in supermarket shelves and warehouses.
Learn more about World Water Day and what action you can take.