Posted by: wfpdc | January 8, 2012

Why All the Buzz About World Water Day?

While World Water Day (March 22), marks only one day on the calendar, the importance of conserving and safeguarding our water resources is an unending task. World Water Day 2012 focuses on water & food security – highlighting the importance of water in food production and combating global hunger and malnutrition. So what’s the big concern?

–          People drink about 2-4 liters of water per day, but it takes 2,000 to 5,000 liters to produce one person’s daily food. (Source: FAO)

–          By the year 2050, the world’s water will have to support agricultural systems to feed and create livelihoods for an additional 2.7 billion people. (Source: FAO)

–          Due to climate change, Himalayan snow and ice, which provide vast amounts of water for agriculture in Asia, are expected to decline in volume by 20% by 2030. (Source: FAO)

–          Poor drainage and irrigation practices have led to waterlogging and salinization of approximately 10% of the world’s irrigated lands. (Source: WWAP)

These statistics highlight the importance about understanding your water footprint! Start reducing yours today!

As we count down to our DC World Water Day Happy Hour event, we invite you to tackle our Challenge #2!

The average US citizen consumes almost four times the amount of protein compared to the global average. In general, meat-based diets have a larger water footprint compared to a vegetarian diet (FAO, 2009). Shifting to a vegetarian diet can reduce an individual’s water footprint by as much as 58%!

Challenge #2:  In order to consume less water intensive foods, Water for People DC challenges you to go vegetarian for 1 week!  Those who rise to the challenge during the month of January are eligible for a free raffle ticket at our World Water Day Happy Hour.  Simply join our Facebook group, Water For People DC, and post a short description on our wall of the actions you took to rise to the challenge! Pictures are fun too! Please send any questions/comments to stacy.a.boyles@gmail.com.

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