World Water Day 2012

World Water Day: Learning about Your Water Footprint

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It’s World Water Day (22nd)! The theme of this year’s World Water Day observations is Water and Food Security. What’s the link? As UN Water says on the World Water Day website,

“There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres (.5 to 1 gallon) of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat…”

At the recent 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, Project WET organized a session around water footprinting, including information about “virtual water“–the water that is used to produce the food we eat and manufacture the products we need. Raising awareness about virtual water and water footprints was identified as a solution for addressing water issues, and Project WET has made a commitment to continue to reach people around the world with relevant water education.

Your Water Footprint
At the “Your Water Footprint” session at the 6th World Water Forum, participants traced their footprints as part of learning about how to teach the concept of water footprinting.

In that spirit, Project WET has materials available for kids to learn about virtual water and water footprints. On World Water Day, make your own commitment to learning about your water footprint–and teaching others. Visit the “We all use water” lesson at and then share it with friends, family and colleagues.

It’s a great way to spend World Water Day!