Today is World Water Day.
“World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.” This quote is from the UNESCO website.
If you have had a chance to see much of this blog you would notice that is 93 percent water and 7 percent dehydrated (I haven’t actually done the math for this but you get the idea).
I suppose it is redundant to say that water is fundamental to existence but… But it is. And there are a thousand reasons why I think about this.
We are all integrally connected – to the earth – to water.
2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation.
Cooperation. There is always room for more of that, isn’t there? In the spirit of cooperation and World Water Day I’d like to share what I think is an inspiring, alarming and important book – about water. About us.
Ocean of Life by Callum Roberts. If you get a chance to read this, please let me know.
Because this little drop of freshwater here; it might fall into the little creek at my feet, meander out to one river and then to a bigger river, and find its way to the sea. It might end up at your feet.
© Karen McRae, 2013
34 thoughts on “World Water Day”
Thank you for this reminder of interconnectedness….with a beautiful image (I think of alchemy) coming at us from below, or above…
Hi Steven, thanks for your comment.
The water cycle is fascinating isn’t it Karen? The fact that most of our weather comes from the west, there is indeed a very good chance that that little drop of water or one very like it at least, could land at my feet.
Ironically on World Water Day, we’ve had terrible flooding in Cornwall with many people once more forced from their homes. It just shows how this delicate cycle has been interrupted. We are getting too much rain while other areas are not getting enough. It’s been raining heavily and solidly for the last 36 hours. Four inches of rain fell overnight causing rivers to burst their banks and coupled with a high tide, Mevagissey, I posted from the harbour recently, is under two feet of water.. 😦
Oh goodness, that sounds terrible, Adrian.
I guess you live on high enough ground? There are many places in the world that will be vulnerable to rising ocean levels and unpredictable weather. I hope the sun comes out soon!
Circulation of the water, and the recycle of the atom
once in a body is the real meaning of the eternal life. I think.
That’s an interesting way of looking at it. I suppose there are bits of us around for a good long time!
Thank you for your hint to Ocean of Life by Callum Roberts. Of course I will buy it soon. In the morning I had forgotten to publish the article I had prepared for World Water Day, so I just could add a note about this book for my readers.
Hi Heidi, If one other person reads this book I’ll be happy!
Thanks very much. Let me know what you think.
As someone who works in conservation and just seems to always be drawn to bodies of water, this day is an important one in my book!
Yes, I agree. I’m glad you commented – keep up the good work!
The whole of our existence in a single crystalline drop – beautiful photo and wonderful post, Karen! K
Yes, my water drop is your water drop.
We’re interconnected, and sacred 🙂 Thanks for this post Karen!
Yes, thanks Marina!
So true. Our water is so much more than drips and drops from our faucets.
Absolutely, it is undervalued.
I just wanted to drink that little drop of water – it looked so pure.
Perhaps it was! : )
Terrific close up detail.
I must always live near water.
Don’t necessarily feel that way when we get hurricane warnings of course.
Thank you, Phil. Yes, living near water feels essential. But I suppose being near the ocean has a few hazards, too.
Such an important topic and ways people can help.. http://www.wateraid.org/uk/get-involved/world-water-day This is the UK site but there’s a driop down flag menu to bring you to many other countries and what you can do…
Thanks for that, Helen!
Thanks very much.
The delicate balance we live in with this beautiful World!
Superb unspoken communication, Karen.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for your nice comment, much appreciated.
So beautiful and impressive scene…a water drop looks like small earth.
World water is a very very important natural resources…Thank you for sharing, Karen.
Yes, very important! Thanks very much for your nice words.
Beautiful shot, Karen. The book looks very interesting too.
The book is fascinating, Richard. I hope you get to read it.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water (Loren Eiseley). Beautiful, and vital. I will add the book to my list!
I love that quote, Emily. Thanks for that!
It’s a very interesting book.
Beautiful image and important reminders in what you wrote, Karen.
I was just walking in the rain this morning thinking about the amazing journey of every single drop of rain that found it’s way to land on me.