As Namibia is celebrating its 28th year of Independence, herewith a reminder that this week is dedicated to another major milestone, with the 22nd of March commemorated as World Water Day for the 25th time.
Water, as most Namibians are aware, is one of our most valuable natural resources, and while some of our regions are currently suffering flash floods and washed-away roads, Namibia's South is suffering what seems to be the worst drought in decades, with even the businesses along the banks of the now fickle Orange River called upon to save water.
Unfortunately, being part of the ‘consumer generation’ we keep on producing waste, much of it being discarded carelessly at dumpsites, from where it could end up in riverbeds, rivers, and oceans.
As part of our joint campaign of a "Cleaner Namibia", by joining hands and linking brands, Eco Awards Alliance, HAN and the Recycle Namibia Forum is working on a number of exciting projects at the moment, and befitting to the events of this week, celebrating our beautiful country and its Independence, as well as World Water Day, we decided to give you a glimpse of a campaign to be launched next week….:
May this small message make a big influence on the use of plastic straws… one of the standard, but often superfluous items on the tables at cafes, restaurants and hotels. Apply your mind and join us to REDUCE, RE-USE and RECYCLE, where ever possible.
Some general information on World Water Day:
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.
Take action today - Wherever you are and whatever you do on March 22, make it about nature and water.
- Every drop of water is on an endless journey through the sky, the soil and streams…through our lives…and back into nature.
- In many places, our environment is damaged, leaving us with polluted water or no water at all.
- Nature is green infrastructure. A system supplying us with the water we need to survive and thrive.
- Healthy forests and fields prevent soil and chemicals being washed into rivers.
- Lakes, wetlands and floodplains store, purify and control water.
- This World Water Day, explore nature-based solutions to our water challenges.
- World Water Day 2018 – The answer is in nature.
May we call on all of you to join hands to act and operate more consciously, by keeping the aim of a "Cleaner Namibia" in mind.
Small things do matter, (as per the motto of this year's Tourism Expo coming up at the end of May), - and amending your practices by reducing the use of plastic straws for instance, - could go a long way in preserving the rivers and oceans!
JOINING HANDS & LINKING BRANDS… For a cleaner Namibia 2018!!