Billions of people on our planet lack access to safely managed drinking water and sanitation. Roughly 2 billion people do not have safe drinking water, and about 3.6 billion people are without proper sanitation, per the United Nations World Water Development Report. The absence of clean water for all undermines forward progress. Accessibility to safely managed water has a direct impact on global issues like world hunger, health disparities, and can even effectuate changes to economic stability. A global water crisis is imminent if actors fail to cooperate. Audrey Azoulay, the UNESCO Director-General, addressed the impending global water crisis and our lack of action. “There is an urgent need to establish strong international mechanisms to prevent the global water crisis from spiraling out of control.” pled Azoulay “Water is our common future and it is essential to act together to share it equitably and manage it sustainably.”. It is apparent and necessary to corral this pressing issue.
March 22nd was the 30th anniversary of World Water Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of global water and sanitation issues while promoting the responsible use of water. This World Water Day, however, is different than previous years. The acceleration of the global water crisis has derailed the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Now, governments, companies, and communities around the world need to work four times faster to meet this goal in a timely manner.
This World Water Day hosted the once-in-a-generation UN 2023 Water Conference. Aimed to unite the world in finding collective solutions to the water and sanitation crisis, this conference began on World Water Day and ends today, March 24th. The conclusion of this conference will launch the Water Action Agenda, a compilation of commitments to the United Nations SDGs and water-related goals. Water Efficient Gardens is excited to announce that our commitment has been published into the United Nations Water Action Agenda!
This link is our published initiative within the Water Action Agenda. Below are the following SDGs covered by our work:
o Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
o Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
o Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
o Goal 15: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
In addition to committing to the World Water Agenda, Water Efficient Gardens is also dedicated to promoting local water conservation efforts. Our company recognizes that water scarcity is a growing concern in many areas, such as the US West, and believes that every effort counts towards mitigating this issue. Water Efficient Gardens helps facilitate the adoption of local water agencies rebate programs, which rewards our clientele with financial incentives for installing rain/native gardens. By doing this, Water Efficient Gardens is helping to make these rebates known and accessible to a wider audience, encouraging more people to adopt sustainable gardening practices. Through its efforts, the company aims to create a culture of responsible water use and help build a more sustainable future for all.
Water Efficient Gardens' commitment to the United Nations World Water Agenda is a significant step towards creating a sustainable future for our planet. By implementing water-efficient gardening practices and promoting awareness about the importance of water conservation, our company is contributing towards achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those related to water conservation. As we continue to face global water scarcity, it is imperative that more organizations join this initiative and work towards a water-secure future for all.