World Water Day 2021: The Launch of “Jal Shakti Abhiyan” By PM Modi
By – Ashwathy Nair
The revolving water economy of India requires a proactive policy action that needs to be implemented and today is the day, observed across the globe as World Water Day. It seems relevant to think out loud about managing the water resources in a better way, highlighting the significance of water and raising awareness concerning the water crisis that is being faced by the world.
As per the website of the UN (United Nations), this day is mainly focusing on “supporting the achievement of SDG 6 (Sustainable Development Goal), which will be offering water and sanitization for all by the year 2030.”
History of World Water Day
In the year 1992, a conference of United Nations on Environment and Development was occurred in Rio de Janeiro along with that at the same year the UNGA moved as well as had adopted a resolution that declared the 22nd March as the day of the World Water Day. Since 1993, the day has been marked and it became a part of the approaches for raising awareness about the importance of water conservations and the measures of sanitization are key to the reduction of poverty, growth of the economy and environmental sustainability.
The Theme for World Water Day 2021
The theme for this year’s World Water Day is “Valuing Water”. Well, the significance of water in our daily lives is irreplaceable, its value is much more expensive than its actual price. Water has an enormous and multifaceted value in our households, health , education, culture, food, etc. But what’s most devastating is that we people do not value it and wastes a lot of water, unaware of what it would lead to one day.
World Water Crisis
Our planet is covered with 70% of water so we easily assume that it will always be plentiful. But are you aware of the thing that only 3 per cent of water in the world is fresh water and the two-third is tucked away in a frozen glacier or otherwise the case is that water is mostly unavailable for our use. It results in some 1.1 billion of our people worldwide are being without basic water access.
People in the world are dying due to the consumption of unsafe water. Moreover, 2.4 billion people in the world are exposed to diseases due to inadequate sanitation.
Our world is dying slowly as most of the water systems that keep the ecosystem flourishing and use to feed the growing human population is becoming stressed. The drying up of rivers, lakes are becoming common and if somewhere we find a river, it is too polluted to be consumed. The wetlands of the world are disappearing, climate change is altering patterns of weather as well as the water around the world.
The situation is only getting worse and it seems like by the year 2025, two-third of the population in the world may be facing a shortage of water.
The Solution to the Water Crisis
Let’s join our hands to get out of this trouble before it’s too late. The problem is huge but it is not unsolvable. Start practising life-saving healthy habits, which would help us from facing the water shortage issue in the future. On the day of World Water Day, let’s take a pledge to save our world by not wasting water.
Let us celebrate World Water Day by dealing with the water crises to secure the future.
The Launch of Historic “Jal Shakti Abhiyan” by PM Modi
Today on the grounds of World Water Day, PM Narendra Modi launched – Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain Campaign. Along with that, the historic MoU is all set to implement the Ken Link Project, which will be the first project for interlinking the rivers.
Catch the Rain Campaign will be implemented from 22nd March to 30th November, which will be the pre-monsoon as well as the monsoon period in the country.
The Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain is a campaign which will be will be a “Jan Andolan”, which means a public movement. The theme is “Catch the Rain, Where it Falls, When it Falls.” This campaign is implemented to take water conservation at the grassroots level through the participation of people in the country. It is suggested that all stakeholders work together to design a rainwater harvesting structure that is appropriate for climatic conditions as well as subsoil strata in order to ensure that rainwater is properly stored.
The Ken Link Project will be implemented for paving the way for more interlinking of river projects in order to make sure that the scarcity of water does not become an obstruction to the country’s development.
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