World Water Day is Friday
Friday is World Water Day, a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme for this year is the International Year of Water Cooperation. Visit www.unwater.org to learn more about the events taking place around the world and to download free educational materials.
Go to the youth and kids section to download the full color poster about the water cycle. Use it at home or school to learn about how water changes states and recycles itself on our planet. The United States Geological Survey and the United Nations Water Communications team developed this new poster that includes a lot of neat facts about water.
You can celebrate World Water Day this year by simply learning more about the water cycle and implementing one way to conserve water at home. For example, run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. Or, water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
Earth Hour 2013 is Saturday
Saturday at 8:30 p.m. you can join thousands of people around the world as they turn off their lights for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment. What started as a symbolic action about 10 years ago has evolved into a movement driving real actions, big and small, that are making positive changes in the world we live in. Turning off your lights is very simple to do and has an immediate impact in energy conservation. But it’s also an acknowledgment that we all share this one planet and its limited resources.
You can participate this year by taking the Earth Hour 2013 Pledge at the World Wildlife Fund website which is leading the program in the U.S. this year: www.worldwildlife.org/pages/earth-hour. Or visit www.earthhour.org to learn more about the movement and see what other countries are doing to participate. If you don’t want to turn off the lights you can also try different changes like recycling more or planting native trees at home. Small actions from many people will add up to a big, positive impact.
Liz Swafford is the recycling and education program coordinator for the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority. Contact her at (706) 278-5001 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.