World Water Day is on 22 March 2018 and this year the United Nation’s theme is “Nature For Water” – asking the question of how can we use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st Centuary? The UN For Water is exploring Nature-based Solutions to the threats that our water reserves are facing, such as planting trees to replenish forests, reconnecting rivers to flood plains and restoring wetlands. These Nature-based Solutions are a sustainable and cost-effective way to help re-balance the water cycle. For more info visit www.worldwaterday.org
- Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the environment without being treated or reused.
- An estimated 64-71% of natural wetlands have been lost since 1900 as a result of human activity.
- An estimated 1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination from human faeces.
- By 2050, the world’s population will have grown by an estimated 2 billion people and global water demand could be up to 30% higher than today
At CTEET, we strive to educate our children around water-related issues, inspiring them to take responsibility for the role they can play in environmental protection. Learning to recycling, understanding the importance of our wetlands or simply not wasting the water we do have are messages that are shared with the children in our programmes. We are nurturing the environmental champions of tomorrow, equipping them to stand up for nature and for water. Let’s inspire our children to design the Nature-based solutions of the future.