World Water Day 2015

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World Water Day

A day to celebrate, a day to change, a day to prepare. 

World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. 

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year. 

In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. 

Each year, UN-Water provides resources to inspire celebrations for World Water Day.

- See more at: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/#sthash.ny2k1gRK.dpuf

World Water Day

A day to celebrate, a day to change, a day to prepare. 

World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. 

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year. 

In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. 

Each year, UN-Water provides resources to inspire celebrations for World Water Day.

- See more at: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/#sthash.ny2k1gRK.dpuf

World Water Day

A day to celebrate, a day to change, a day to prepare. 

World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. 

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year. 

In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. 

Each year, UN-Water provides resources to inspire celebrations for World Water Day.

- See more at: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/#sthash.ny2k1gRK.dpuf

A day to celebrate, a day to change, a day to prepare.

World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year. Each year, UN-Water provides resources to inspire celebrations for World Water Day.

In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. Interestingly, the World Economic Forum Global Risk Report 2015 has declared water to be the #1 risk to the world economy... for the third year in a row!

To reach a broader audience, The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is celebrating World Water Day on Saturday, March 21 at the EcoLiving Fair + Workshops at Red Deer College. There they will host a display alongside the City of Red Deer, AESRD, and the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management, as well as present two 45-minute sessions on water:
 

The Water Brothers "Carpageddon" (documentary trailer) - World Water Day promo

Presenter: Joey Temple (RDRWA), Sharina Kennedy (AESRD)
Synopsis: Asian carp have invaded the Mississippi River (and Alberta rivers!), and destroyed its lucrative fishing industry. Today, only an electric fence is keeping them from entering the Great Lakes, and a few have already been spotted. If any more cross that barrier, prepare for Carpageddon. The Water Brothers find out what an Asian carp invasion could do to the Great Lakes’ $7billion fishing economy and examine how other invasive species like zebra mussels have changed the Great Lakes (Alberta lakes!) ecosystem.
 

Living with Water Issues - World Water Day promo

Presenter: Members of Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE)
Synopsis: This presentation takes us on a Global tour of Water. Looking at Living with Water Issues in their home countries, we will hear personal stories of Canadian immigrants from the Philippines, South Sudan, and the Netherlands. Join the RDRWA and their guest speakers from C.A.R.E. (Central Alberta Refuge Effort) and learn about the all too real world issues surrounding water.
 

Rainwater Harvesting in Alberta

Presenter: Robin Keating (CANARM)
Synopsis: With increasing environmental awareness and concerns, addressing the issues of rainwater management has become paramount to the success and longevity of many residences and business operations. Find out about rainwater harvesting in Alberta and the opportunities that CANARM has to incorporate rainwater harvesting to help reduce your domestic and/or commercial water bill.

Check out the EcoLiving Fair + Workshops page for all the workshops and presentation times.
 

From the City of Red Deer,

“This event is being held to increase awareness around the importance of protecting our valuable water resources. It is focused on learning about the potential threat invasive species could pose to the Red Deer River, educating people on the importance of reducing water consumption, and considering global and local water issues,” says Bailey Doepker, Environmental Program Specialist. “Watershed health depends on both water quality and water quantity and though there may not be an immediate threat to watershed health here, with population and economic growth, along with the effects of climate change, there is a possibility in future.”

The City recognizes World Water Day in an effort to work towards the Environmental Master Plan’s goals to reduce water consumption and protect our natural waterways.

“The Red Deer River Watershed encompasses an area of more than 49,000 square kilometres from the Rocky Mountains to the Alberta-Saskatchewan border,” said Jeff Hanger, Executive Director of the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance. “What we do to and on the land, water, and air in this area affects us socio-economically and environmentally today and into the future.”

First designated by The United Nations General Assembly in 1993, World Water Day is celebrated annually around the globe as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.


 

Throughout the month of March, the RDRWA will post interesting world news stories, videos, and infographics on water matters and sustainable development that affect us all.

For example, from the book, "Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization":

Far more than oil, the control of water wealth throughout history has been pivotal to the rise and fall of great powers, the achievements of civilization, the transformations of society's vital habitats, and the quality of ordinary daily lives. Today, freshwater scarcity is one of the twenty-first century's decisive, looming challenges, driving new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe. In Water, Steven Solomon offers the first-ever narrative portrait of the power struggles, personalities, and breakthroughs that have shaped humanity from antiquity's earliest civilizations through the steam-powered Industrial Revolution and America's century. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Water is a groundbreaking account of man's most critical resource in shaping human destinies, from ancient times to our dawning age of water scarcity.

Published on Jun 26, 2014 (9:40)

Water plays a critical role in commerce. Author Steve Solomon talks about water and the struggles that come with it.

Published on Mar 31, 2014 (1:03:00)

Veteran journalist Steven Solomon addresses the crisis of global freshwater. In writing a book on the subject, Solomon discovered access to freshwater is trickling away in many communities.

Article Submitted by Joey Temple and Rene Michalak

 

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