It’s easy to take the fresh, cold water that gurgles out of your tap each morning for granted. Unfortunately, not everyone has that luxury.
Today is World Water Day, and this year, the theme is “Leaving no one behind.” With the goal of ensuring access to fresh water for everyone, World Water Day hopes to draw attention to an issue that impacts the health and livelihood of billions of people around the world.
According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people don’t have access to safely-managed drinking water. In particular, the campaign points to marginalized groups like women, children, refugees, and more, who they say can be ignored or discriminated against when trying to access water.
But there are ways to offer assistance. Organizations on Twitter have a wealth of tools, information, and resources that will show you how to make a difference. Here are seven useful tweets to read, like, and share to understand more about the situation at-hand and what role you can play in mitigating a real crisis.
1. Understand the role of fresh water in agriculture
What percentage of freshwater is used for agriculture globally?— International Fund for Agricultural Development (@IFAD) March 20, 2019
2. Learn how much your daily cup costs
How much water was in your coffee this morning? ☕— WaterAid UK 💦 (@WaterAidUK) March 20, 2019
It might only have 250ml of actual water in it, but the water it takes to produce your morning cup is 1000 times that!
With 1 in 9 living without water, thoughtful consumer choice can help ensure access for all.#WorldWaterDay pic.twitter.com/sEiFhIQb31
3. Think about the role income plays in water access
Why is it that the rich generally have better, cheaper access to water, while the poor pay more for less? 3 out of 10 people worldwide have no access to safe drinking water. Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. #WorldWaterDay— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) March 22, 2019
👉 https://t.co/FnpNIQSaoV pic.twitter.com/fA260t51uq
4. Understand the hidden cost of clothing
Wearing any cotton today? 👕— WaterAid UK 💦 (@WaterAidUK) March 21, 2019
It’s shocking to think that a single cotton t-shirt has a huge hidden water cost – 2,700 litres to be precise!
Ahead of #WorldWaterDay, we’re calling on YOU to consider the consumer choices you make to ensure water is prioritised for basic needs. pic.twitter.com/yHDWBMCBgw
5. Know the populations impacted by the water crisis
As the water crisis worsens, the load unfairly falls on women.— UN Women (@UN_Women) March 22, 2019
On #WorldWaterDay, learn how a group of women in rural Kyrgyzstan advocated for equal access to water resources in their community: https://t.co/VPk0CgPbiu #CSW63