UNAIR NEWS – Commemoration of World Water Day is on March 22. It is commemorated so that all citizens of the world realize the importance of clean water in their lives. The initiation of the commemoration was announced for the first time at 47th UN General Assembly on December 22, 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The results of the UN meeting then agreed that World Water Day began to be commemorated in 1994.
The commemoration of World Water Day raises a special theme each year. This time the theme is Water for All, Leaving No One Behind. Reported by Kaltim.tribunnews.com, the meaning of leaving no one behind is to invite anyone not to leave the others who still lack clean water. WHO says 2 billion people around the world still consume contaminated water.
The lack of clean water causes residents to depend their lives on water that is not suitable for consumption. Hundreds of thousands of people have died due to the use of polluted water. Every day they have to struggle to defend their lives furiously. Not always smooth, sometimes they get discriminated when they want to access the water they need. Therefore, the people affected by the crisis deserve to fight for their rights.
The theme of World Water Day in 2019 invites all levels of society, citizens of the world to care for each other, mainly people who experience a clean water crisis. Not only the government, other communities are also urged to participate in creating access to clean water for residents throughout the world.
The following are simple steps that can be taken to maintain clean water:
- Recycling use goods
is one of the effective steps to maintain a waste-free environment. Unused items are often thrown away, the accumulation of garbage can even pollute river and sea water.
- Disposing B3 waste properly
B3 Waste contains hazardous chemicals such as B3 poisons that have chronic and acute effects. This will have a negative effect if B3 waste pollutes the residential water source.
- Minimizing the use of chemicals
Reducing the use of chemicals is a solution to protect waters. When it is dissolved in water, chemical can destroy aquatic ecosystems.
- Saving water
Use water well, excessive use of water for long periods of time will cause drought. Do small things like turning off the tap if it’s not used.
- Doing green movement
Vegetation also functions as a filter, planting trees along the river can keep the waterways clean. Green plants also help counteract air, soil and water pollution.
- Disseminating information
Clean water dissemination must be done to the community. Today many people are not aware of the importance of preserving water.
Author: Tunjung Senja Widuri
Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia