‘The world thirsty, because are hungry’

‘The world is thirsty, because we are hungry’

1:02 AM, 21st March 2012
‘The world is thirsty, because we are hungry’

ROME, ITALY: The United Nations has called for a celebration on 22 March, as the International World Water Day, as a means of advocating sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater and for 2012, the focus is on “Water and Food Security.” Many countries and renowned organizations are conducting week long activities that give out the message of water sustainablity.

Focussing on water and food security, the World Water Day 2012 looks to create awareness regarding the change of diet among people, to reduce the water footprint. Nearly 7 billion people feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drink two to four litre of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat, producing one kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litre of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litre.

A billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure. Thus, a series of actions are needed to help conserve freshwater resources and help people access nutritious food. This can be a reality, if people follow a healthier, sustainable diet; consume less water-intensive products; reduce the scandalous food wastage (30 per cent of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitively lost); produce more food, of better quality, with less water; at all steps of the supply chain, from producers to consumers and actions are taken to save water and ensure food for all. As a part of this global movement to conserve freshwater, it is necessary that each individual practices a healthy lifestyle, towards a sustainable living.

© United Nations News 

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