The World Water Day 2023 campaign is now live. This year, the focus of the UN observance is on accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis.
The global campaign, called Be the change, encourages people to take action in their own lives to change the way they use, consume and manage water.
The promises made by individuals on the campaign website will contribute to the Water Action Agenda – a main outcome of the UN 2023 Water Conference, which opens on World Water Day, 22 March 2023.
The Water Action Agenda is a collection of voluntary commitments from governments, companies, organizations, institutions, coalitions and members of the public, designed to deliver rapid progress on internationally-agreed water and sanitation targets, most notably Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6): water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Currently, the world is seriously off track on SDG 6. The latest data show that governments must work on average four times faster to meet this Goal on time.
Dysfunction throughout the water cycle is undermining progress on all major global issues, from health to hunger, gender equality to jobs, education to industry, disasters to peace.
Rapid, transformative change is needed and everyone can play their part. Every action – no matter how small – will make a difference.
Water is the most important resource in the world.
Here are some amazing facts about water
68.7% of the fresh water on Earth is trapped in glaciers.
30% of fresh water is in the ground.
1.7% of the world’s water is frozen and therefore unusable.
Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid including sulfuric acid.
The freezing point of water lowers as the amount of salt dissolved in at increases. With average levels of salt, seawater freezes at -2 °C (28.4 °F).
About 6,800 gallons of water is required to grow a day’s food for a family of four.
780 million people lack access to an improved water source.
In just one day, 200 million work hours are consumed by women collecting water for their families.
1/3 what the world spends on bottled water in one year could pay for projects providing water to everyone in need.
Unsafe water kills 200 children every hour.
Water weighs about 8 pounds a gallon.
It takes 120 gallons of water for one egg.
A jellyfish and a sea cucumber are each 95% water.
70-80% of the human brain is water.
80% of all illness in the developing world is water related.
Up to 50% of water is lost through leaks in cities in the developing world.
In some countries, less than half the population has access to clean water.
A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
Water expands by 9% when it freezes.
There is about the same amount of water on Earth now as there was millions of years ago.
The length of the side of a cube which could hold the Earth’s estimated total volume of water in km = 1150.
85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet.
Agriculture accounts for ~70% of global freshwater withdrawals (up to 90% in some fast-growing economies).
300 tons of water are required to manufacture 1 ton of steel.
It takes about 12 gallons per day to sustain a human (this figure takes into account all uses for water, like drinking, sanitation and food production).
Each day, we also lose a little more than a cup of water (237 ml) when we exhale it.
By 2025, water withdrawals are predicted to increase by 50 percent in developing countries and 18 percent in developed countries.
By 2025 half the world’s people will live in countries with high water stress.
It takes more than twice the amount of water to produce coffee than it does tea.
Chicken and goat are the least water intensive meats to consume.
There have been 265 recorded incidences of water conflicts from 3000 BC to 2012.
Hot water can freeze faster than cold water under some conditions (commonly known as the Mpemba effect).
If the entire world’s water were fit into a 4 litre jug, the fresh water available for us would equal only about one tablespoon.
Over 90% of the world’s supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica.
Water regulates the Earth’s temperature.
On average, 10 gallons per day of your water footprint (or 14% of your indoor use) is lost to leaks.
The average pool takes 22,000 gallons of water to fill.
Water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century.
Only 0.007 percent of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people.
Freshwater withdrawals for agriculture exceed 90% in many countries: Cambodia 94%, Pakistan 94%, Vietnam 95%, Madagascar 97%, Iran 92%, Ecuador 92%.
In a 100-year period, a water molecule spends 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice, about 2 weeks in lakes and rivers, and less than a week in the atmosphere.
Water is the most common substance found on Earth.
Water makes up about 66 percent of the human body.
There are no scientific studies that support the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water per day.
Drinking too much water can be fatal (known as water intoxication).
There is more fresh water in the atmosphere than in all of the rivers on the planet combined.
If all of the water vapor in the Earth’s atmosphere fell at once, distributed evenly, it would only cover the earth with about an inch of water.
263 rivers either cross or demarcate international political boundaries.
Each cubic foot of Martian soil contains around two pints of liquid water, though the molecules are not freely accessible, but rather bound to other minerals in the soil.
There is an estimated 326 million trillion gallons of water on Earth.
NASA has discovered water in the form of ice on the moon.
A 2.6-billion-year-old pocket of water was discovered in a mine, 2 miles below the Earth’s surface.
Two-thirds of the world’s population is projected to face water scarcity by 2025, according to the United Nations.
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