Wednesday, November 28, 2012

No Plastic Bottle at World Water Day, Sabah

This is the first ever State Level World Water Day (WWD) in Kita Kinabalu, co-organised by Jabatan Air Negeri Sabah, Jabatan Kerja Raya Sabah, Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran Sabah and The Institution of Engineers Malaysia Sabah Branch.

A series of related entries will be following shortly but just for eye opener, I'll share some introductory facts about the theme - Water and Food Security. This year marks the 19th Anniversary of the WWD and the theme is one that was chosen by United Nation.

The amount of water on our planet is 97.5% salt water, and only 2.5% is fresh water. The 2.5% freshwater is made up of 68.5% water locked in glaciers, 30.8% is groundwater and 0.3% are lakes and rivers. One-third of the world's population now lives in countries where there is not enough water or its quality compromised, and by 2025 the UN assessed that this number shall increase to two-third. That's just 12 to 13 years from now!

If nothing is done to sustain the availability of freshwater, its scarcity shall increase and the world shall be hungry, especially when the world's population keeps growing. Currently 70% of available water is used in agriculture for the production of food.
No bottle
The conference doesn't allow plastic bottles in the event. That's cool!

WWD is an international day to celebrate freshwater and it was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and 22 March 1993 was designated as the first World Water Day.

Since then nations around the world have been celebrating WWD each year by organizing their own activities.



Anonymous said...

sama-samalah kita menyokong kempen ini.

Borneo Native said...

Africa suffers from severe water shortages. Women and children spend hours everyday searching for water. Let's conserve water so that no one goes thirsty!

Borneo Native said...

Most people in developing countries lack access to clean, safe drinking water while rich countries waste water at alarming rates. Conserve water so the whole world will have enough to drink!

Anonymous said...

The world is already burdened with chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure with population surge

Anonymous said...

At all steps of the supply chain, from producers to consumers, actions can be taken to save water and ensure nutritious food for all.

Anonymous said...

sustainability of water and freshwater in ensuring sufficient supply of nutritious food to meet dietary needs.

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