In 1933, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day, with a focus on the importance of fresh water and urging the appropriate management of such resources.
The theme for the 2019 World Water Day is “Water for society — Including all.” This is extremely fitting for the condition we have reached regarding fresh water worldwide.
We are in the middle of a worldwide water crisis. In 2016, around 750 million people were without clean drinking water and now there are around 845 million people without water. That is 1 in 10.
Lifewater, a nonprofit company, reports that the average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk is 3.7 miles to get water for the family that often makes them sick. In developing countries, as much as 80 percent of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions and more people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.
As we celebrate another World Water Day let us reflect on how blessed we are to have fresh water accessible to us and in return, let us take action.
As holistic nurses, we care for the whole patient and promote better health and wellness. Whether it is taking a shorter shower or turning the tap off when we wash our hands, small steps can make a huge difference. We must educate ourselves on how we can address this issue and then take action.
Southeastern Wisconsin/Northeastern Illinois Chapter, American Holistic Nurse Association